Months after Hurricane Marilyn devastated St. Thomas and St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the vast majority of residents still are living in damaged homes covered with temporary plastic tarps. But an extensive, long-term program is under way by Inter-Lutheran Disaster Response to help make homes livable and repair Lutheran churches on both islands.
Rebuilding materials are expensive because they must be purchased in the United States and shipped to the Virgin Islands. Anyone wishing to contribute can designate a gift toward either "church" or "home" rebuilding.Volunteers who can donate 10 days or more also are needed. Transportation help may be available for volunteers who can stay for more than a month. Housing and simple meals will be provided. Both skilled and unskilled workers are needed for the rest of the year, particularly the summer months.
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