Bringing hope to Fort Worth

BY SUSAN KIM | FORT WORTH, Tex. | April 20, 2002


In the aftermath of tornadoes that struck the Fort Worth area Tuesday, faith-based disaster response groups are reaching out.

The Fort Worth area saw significant damage, reported the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Nine houses were destroyed, 24 received major damage, and 99 received some damage. Many of the people who were affected did not have insurance.

UMCOR reported that both funds and volunteer teams will be needed to help with the recovery work.

Also responding to needs in Fort Worth was Week of Compassion (WOC), a giving program administered by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Week of Compassion provided an emergency grant to Handley Meadowbrook Christian Church to assist a member family whose home was heavily damaged. WOC reported it continues to be in touch with other congregations and with Church World Service about additional responses that may be needed.

Fort Worth Mayor Kenneth Barr and city council members visited the damaged areas Friday, offering support for those who lost everything. After touring the most heavily damaged areas -- which included Ramey Avenue and the Handley historic district - they visited Handley United Methodist Church.


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