Florida Churches Open Doors to Puerto Rican Evacuees – Relief goods provided to meet immediate needs

Orlando, FL. - Nov. 12th, 2017 – Urban Strategies has mobilized faith and community based organizations in Central Florida to respond to the needs of Puerto Rican evacuees arriving to Florida.  Through partnerships with World Vision, Viva Church and Discovery Church, relief goods have been sent to a central warehouse in Orlando, FL that partner churches have utilized to pick up relief goods like mattresses, personal hygiene kits, diapers, etc. to be redistributed at their individual churches. 


Through the generosity of Turin Aviation, Urban Strategies has also helped to disseminate relief goods in the greater Tampa area.  This has allowed for a total of 8 churches to become distribution sites providing goods and connections to other local health services and counseling at this time.  Most churches have stepped up to serve as they have been contacted by many of the hundreds of families arriving daily to Florida from Puerto Rico.  They include the following churches listed below:


To View Distribution Locations On A Map, Click Here.


Orlando Area

  1. Canaán - Defensores de la Fe, 2001 Westfall     Drive, Orlando, FL
  2. Centro Cristiano de Restauración, 1600 N.     Chickasaw Trail, Orlando, FL
  3. Iglesia de Dios M.I., 7215 Forest City Rd.,     Orlando, FL
  4. Iglesia de Dios Misionera, 5503 Hiawassee     Road, Orlando, FL
  5. Iglesia La Primera, 2031 Simpson Road,     Kissimmee, FL
  6. Viva Church, 653 E. Wetherbee Rd., Orlando, FL


Tampa Area

  1. Iglesia de Dios M.I., 5800 N. Church Ave.     Tampa, FL
  2. Las Pisadas Del Maestro, 3400 74th Avenue     North, Pinellas Park, FL 33781


“We feel such a satisfaction in our hearts knowing that we are part of Juntos Podemos.  This is what God called us to do.  Disasters do happen all around the world but this is the time to get together as a community and help each other.  Get together to know our needs.  By getting together “Juntos Podemos” then you will get to hear the stories and situations from ordinary people doing extraordinary things.”  Pastor Ada Rivera, Iglesia de Dios M.I. Tampa

For more information about this initiative, please go to www.urbanstrategies.us/program/juntos-podemos. You can also contact Lisa Cummins, President at lcummins@urbanstrategies.us

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