Advent calendar – December 7

fort mcmurray

Photo: Henry Visscher

The moment word of the destructive potential of the Fort McMurray wildfire hit the news earlier this year, Canadian Lutheran World Relief was flooded with support to provide relief for those who were affected by the fire. Thank you for your generous and compassionate response! Your support is crucial in helping Fort McMurray residents rebuild and resettle after this life-altering event.

Responding to a disaster in Canada

Immediately following a natural disaster in Canada, emergency support such as food and temporary shelter is typically provided by organizations such as the Red Cross and provincial governments. Emergency programming gradually transitions into long-term recovery efforts, which begin with a needs assessment. It may take several months for the needs to be fully identified. In Fort McMurray toxic waste must be cleared before assessment can begin. The assessment will commence when authorities indicate the area is safe to enter.

Working in partnership

CLWR will contribute to long-term recovery through partner organizations that are experts in domestic disaster response. We will connect with long-standing partners such as Mennonite Disaster Service and World Renew. The focus of these partners is on home reconstruction for the underinsured and uninsured. Ongoing communication with municipal coordination mechanisms will help identify other needs as the emergency response shifts into the long-term recovery phase.

Interim action

To date, your support has provided opportunities for Fort McMurray residents to attend week-long summer camp programs at Camp Kuriakos in Sylvan Lake, AB, providing a respite break for those rebuilding and resettling in Fort McMurray. You have also contributed to the provision of additional pastoral support for the community beyond the normal scope of parish 
pastoral services at Trinity Lutheran Church.

CLWR thanks Rev. Dr. Larry Kochendorfer, Bishop of the Synod of Alberta and the Territories and Rev. Dr. Glenn Schaeffer, District President, Alberta-British Columbia District for their guidance and collaboration.

Thank you for your generous support which will
 ensure that residents return to a normal life!

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