Recovering from a hurricane can be extremely stressful. The Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church has resources to provide emotional support to anyone in the impacted area including clergy, spouses, retirees, church staff and congregations. You do not have to be a member of our church to take advantage of these free services.
If you need help managing stress and anxiety related to hurricanes or other natural disasters – including referrals to community resources to help with specific concerns – call 1-866-342-6892. Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week courtesy of Wespath, the United Methodist Church’s health benefits provider.
Online help and information is available here.
- On the liveandworkwell.com home page, click “I don’t know my access code” under the log-in box.
- On the next page, select “Optum Behavioral Health Employee” from the drop-down box.
- On the next page, select “Crisis Support” and then “Disaster Planning and Recovery.”
Accomplished January 1 to August 31, 2017
12.5 Million Pounds Gleaned from the Fields
7.6 Million Pounds Shipped in the Potato & Produce Project
A total of 20.1 Million Pounds Collected and Distributed
60.3 Million Servings of Fresh Produce Provided
3,337 Events Held and 18,457 Volunteers Engaged
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The Manna Ministry assembles and sells Zip-lock bags filled with Scriptures, information on community resources, healthy snacks, sunscreen and a pair of socks for distribution to impoverished individuals to help them feel the love of Christ. Manna bags are generally available to purchase the last Sunday of the month in the Courtyard for $5.
2017 Manna Bag sale dates:
For more information, contact Gray Caron, 813.839.0083.
Learn more about serving at Hyde Park United Methodist here.
Hyde Park United Methodist supports the work of the Tampa Bay Refugee Task Force, which assists local refugees in the Tampa Bay area.
The task force includes representatives of various government agencies, private not-for-profit organizations and mutual assistance associations. Their purpose is to increase awareness of refugee populations, share best practices, build collaborations between agencies, spot trends in refugee populations, characteristics or movements, help create good communication among service providers, discuss refugee program service needs and possible solutions to meeting those needs.
There are two ways for you to support our refugee populations in Tampa Bay this summer.
(1) Attend World Refugee Day — celebrate our local refugees and volunteers at World Refugee Day, 1 p.m. June 16 at Pinellas Technical College (904 34th St. South, St. Petersburg, FL).
The event will feature a networking time beforehand with jazz music and heavy hors d’oeuvres, a half hour program where the mayor will speak and awards will be given to former refugees who have made contributions to the community, a cultural dance performance and a full citizenship ceremony, naturalizing over 30 former refugees. The event is free and open to the public.
(2) Volunteer at the Summer Refugee Youth Program — support local refugee students, from kindergartners to seniors in high school during this summer program, 10:30 am.. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays in June and July at Global Community Church (11301 US Hwy 301, Thonotosassa).
Tuesdays the program serves elementary school-aged children (kindergarten through 5th grade). Wednesdays the program serves middle and high school students (grades 6-12). The scheduled events include tutoring, art/crafts, lunch and fun activities. Volunteer opportunities are available for any part of the day.
To sign up to volunteer, contact Colleen Suarez, 813.785.1601.