Situation Report: Hurricane Season 2022

News & Updates | Posted Thursday, September 29, 2022

Appeal code: 628S Situation We are currently in the midst of another damaging hurricane season, and communities in the Caribbean the United States and Canada are bracing for impact or working to recover. In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Fiona has brought over 30 inches of rain, severely damaging the island’s infrastructure. Currently, about 20 percent of Puerto Ricans remain without power …

Hurricane Season 2022

URGENT: Hurricane Response 2022As hurricane season is in full swing, CWS is responding to Hurricane Ian in Florida and Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico. We are preparing to connect affected communities with resources to help them rebuild, including CWS Kits, CWS Blankets and other crucial supplies. Together with our partners, we are also working to ensure that the most vulnerable …

Saving Homes and Changing Lives

News & Updates | Posted Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Have you ever imagined what it would be like to wake up one night to the sound of rushing water flooding your home? How it would feel to see your belongings get destroyed or washed away? For most of us, the answer is probably no. We don’t think a natural disaster might affect us…until it does. For Sandy Gunnell, when …

Situation Report: Hurricane Fiona

News & Updates | Posted Thursday, September 22, 2022

Situation Since making landfall on Sunday, Hurricane Fiona has led to heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Islands. In Puerto Rico, the effects of the hurricane are reminiscent of Hurricane Maria which killed almost 3,000 people and knocked out Puerto Rico’s entire power grid in 2017. Hurricane Fiona has once …

Resilience & Disaster Services

Resilience & Disaster ServicesWhen disaster strikes, we respond in two key ways. In the hours and days after an emergency, we provide critical supplies to organizations on the ground. We make CWS Hygiene Kits, Emergency Cleanup Buckets, School Kits and Blankets available. We ship tens of thousands of these supplies to disaster-struck areas each year. We also work to ensure …

When war erupted in Ukraine, you stepped up. Here are 5 ways in which your support has made a difference

News & Updates | Posted Monday, August 22, 2022

In late February of 2022, the world watched in shock as Russia launched an unwarranted invasion of Ukraine. The images and stories we have heard over the last six months–and continue to hear–are heartbreaking. Hospitals have been ruthlessly bombed, infrastructure has been destroyed, families have been torn apart and millions of Ukrainians have been forced to flee the only home …

Situation Report: Flooding Response in Eastern Kentucky

News & Updates | Posted Friday, August 12, 2022

Appeal Code:  Situation Following severe storms and heavy rainfall from late July, eastern Kentucky has been devastated by deadly flooding. Many of these communities were still recovering from recent tornadoes and flooding, making them highly vulnerable during the storms. Today, the American Red Cross reported that about 1,400 homes have been destroyed or severely damaged due to the flooding. The …

Annual Members’ Meeting 2022

CWS Members’ Meeting 2022Women show off the produce that they have grown in CWS-supported greenhouses in Guatemala.When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; (God) brought me into a spacious place.Psalm 118:5October 26 (midday) thru October 27 The Interchurch Center 475 Riverside Dr New York, NY 10115A CWS case manager (right) goes over how to use public transit with a …

In the Face of Disaster, a Community Comes Together

News & Updates | Posted Tuesday, May 31, 2022

When Sabrina decided to make the dangerous journey from her home in Guatemala to the United States, she knew she would face new challenges. She had to leave behind her family and friends and establish herself in a city where the only person she knew was her older sister, Valentina. She also knew that she would face difficulties due to …

A Ripple of Love: Kits Behind the Scenes

News & Updates | Posted Thursday, May 19, 2022

A family is living in a temporary shelter after a disaster. A refugee is arriving in their new home. A neighbor is experiencing homelessness in the cold winter season.  In all of these situations–and many more–the CWS Kits and Blankets ministry is there to help. From our CWS School Kits to our Emergency Cleanup Buckets, all our kits have one …