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Maui Fire Response

The Hawai‘i Conference UCC has adopted a matrix of data points that we believe guides us into best practices and engagement with partners in responding to the fires of Maui. This matrix can be outlined as:

  • Tangible and non-tangible assistance

  • Sources of funds and the expectations those sources place upon funds use

  • Ecumenical partnerships: the ELCA Pacifica Synod and the national Presbyterian [PC(USA)] Disaster Assistance, and of course, sister associations in the Hawai‘i Conference.

  • Channels to dispense funds: local congregations and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD).

  • Phases of recovery: an eye toward emerging and long-term recovery needs. We have been told it will be 1.5 - 2 years before rebuilding can begin and with the damage in Lahaina, we anticipate a 7- to 10-year process.

  • Waiola Church: we are seeking to ensure that it is the members of the church who are in the driver’s seat when it comes time to rebuild.

Based upon this matrix our response plan currently includes:

  • A 3-year commitment for intentional support of Maui Clergy that includes counseling, peer groups, and covered time off.

  • An emerging needs focus which includes rental help, assisting with downpayments on new cars, food and water security, and economic support for families, individuals, and the Maui economy through the purchase and distribution of gift cards and gas cards.

  • Long-Term recovery (won’t pick up for another 1.5 - 2 yrs.): We are projecting this to include temporary housing, while continuing to utilize the work of our local congregations as they assess needs in their areas. We aim to be proactive with unmet needs that other VOAD groups are not set up to meet. For example, assistance with home furnishings, once the houses are rebuilt.


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