Joshua Van Cleef, Director of Peace and Justice
Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky
Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., of the Diocese of Lexington, Kentucky greeted by Pope Francis
— Josh Van Cleef, Director of Peace and Justice
LEXINGTON, KY, UNITED STATES, September 8, 2023/EINPresswire.com/ — The Disaster Providers Company (DSC), a non-profit group inside the Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA, proudly hosted the 2023 SVDP-USA Humanitarian Disaster Relief Awards through the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s annual meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. The awards ceremony celebrated the outstanding contributions of people and organizations devoted to catastrophe aid and restoration efforts.
Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, CEO of the Disaster Providers Company, welcomed attendees to the 2023 Disaster Providers Company SVDP-USA Awards Luncheon, emphasizing the important position of those honorees in supporting communities affected by disasters resembling tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and artifical crises.
Brian Burgess, Chair of the Board for DSC, and Kevin Peach, COO, joined in recognizing the distinctive dedication of those awardees within the area of humanitarian catastrophe aid.
The distinguished awards included the Sam Carocci Disaster Humanitarian Relief Award, the DSC Associate of the Yr Award, the DSC Council of the Yr Award, the DSC Convention of the Yr Award, the Jim Butler Volunteer of the Yr Award, and the Rising Leaders Award.
Brian Burgess, Chair of the Board for DSC, commenced the award ceremony by presenting the Sam Carocci Disaster Humanitarian Relief Award. Named after the late Co-Chair of the Disaster Operations Committee, this award honors people or organizations exemplifying dedication to catastrophe aid, echoing the spirit of the Society’s involvement for the reason that founding of the Nationwide Voluntary Organizations Energetic in Disaster.
The 2023 recipients of the Sam Carocci Disaster Humanitarian Relief Award was Josh Van Cleef, Director of the Peace and Justice Workplace of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington, KY, and Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv. This recognition stemmed from their distinctive efforts in catastrophe aid following catastrophic flooding in central and jap Kentucky in July 2022.
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington and Catholic Charities Lexington initiated collaborative catastrophe response efforts, expending practically $3.5 million to assist roughly 400 households of their journey in the direction of restoration. Josh Van Cleef acknowledged, “Our partnership with the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul Disaster Providers Company was an important a part of the flood restoration efforts of the Diocese of Lexington and Catholic Charities. By way of the Home in a Field program, households throughout the affected area had been in a position to begin rebuilding their lives. We’re grateful for the Society of Saint Vincent De Paul and we look ahead to persevering with this necessary partnership.”
One among their important partnerships was with the Disaster Providers Company (DSC), which operates the progressive “Home in a Field™” program. This program supplies not solely new furnishings and furnishings to households who’ve misplaced all the things in disasters but additionally restores their sense of dignity and gives them a recent begin.
Home in a Field™ supplies a spread of important objects, together with beds, dressers, linens, dishes, cookware, silverware, toilet necessities, a dinette, and a sofa. By way of a novel partnership between Algorand, Help:Tech, Amazon Enterprise, and DSC, survivors had been in a position to order new dwelling items, which had been delivered on to their houses for ease and accessibility.
Elizabeth Disco-Shearer, CEO of DSC, emphasised the importance of collaboration, stating, “Working collectively by way of the mixed efforts of each NGOs, non-public sector companions, and neighborhood leaders, we can provide a hand as much as households who’ve been devastated by pure disasters. DSC hopes that this complete neighborhood built-in method will probably be a job mannequin for future catastrophe restoration efforts in Kentucky.”
The influence of Home in a Field™ was profoundly felt by these in want. A case supervisor shared a touching testimonial: “My consumer misplaced all the things within the July flood, and virtually misplaced his life. He was giving up hope till he discovered about Home in a Field. It is a miracle. I do not know what to say or do. Oh my God. They put hope in my hopelessness.”
Along with DSC’s Home in a Field™ program, the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and Catholic Charities Lexington partnered with House Depot to supply constructing supplies and set up HVAC techniques within the affected counties.
The popularity of those excellent efforts underscores the unwavering dedication of the Catholic Diocese of Lexington and Catholic Charities Lexington to aiding their communities throughout occasions of disaster.
About Disaster Providers Company, SVDP-USA
The Disaster Providers Company, Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA (DSC) is a Catholic lay group and non-profit that gives person-to-person restoration providers to households impacted by man-made and pure disasters throughout america and US territories. DSC facilitates change by integrating fairness into all features of emergency administration. Their focus is on humanity, and their imaginative and prescient helps the empowerment of marginalized communities inside all phases of the catastrophe administration cycle. DSC helps the event and implementation of progressive community-based packages and adaptation initiatives to boost resilience in numerous, susceptible, and underserved communities. For extra data on the Disaster Providers Company, SVDP-USA’s Home in a Field™ program, go to www.svdpdisaster.org.
Concerning the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lexington
The Catholic Diocese of Lexington, established in 1988 by Pope John Paul II, covers virtually 16,400 sq. miles, representing 50 counties in Central and Jap Kentucky. The Diocese serves each affluent and economically challenged areas, with a mission to evangelize Gospel values and supply outreach providers that elevate human dignity and get rid of human struggling. For extra data, go to https://cdlex.org.
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