UMCOR grant will address unmet needs in Vilonia, Mayflower

Recovery agencies coordinating their efforts in the area
 
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) has approved a grant in the amount of $250,000 to provide assistance in Vilonia and Mayflower and other affected areas, in response to the devastation caused by the April 27 tornado. The funds will be dispersed based on unmet needs as determined by Disaster Case Management and the long-term recovery groups based in Vilonia and Mayflower.
 
The grant monies will be leveraged with Arkansas Conference Disaster Response funds, volunteer labor and resources from other disaster response partners to aid in the recovery of the 825 households affected by this disaster. United Methodist disaster recovery efforts will continue through the duration of the recovery.
 
An Interfaith and Partners Disaster Recovery Alliance (IFPA) office is now open in Mayflower, with the Arkansas Conference’s disaster response coordinator, Janice Mann, serving as recovery coordinator. IFPA’s mission is to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical resources to those affected by the disaster; to respond to needs not met by other relief systems or disaster recovery programs. This office allows survivors easy access to resources, as well as a home base out of which IFPA can operate.
 
Vilonia Disaster Recovery Alliance (VDRA) has also reopened an office in Vilonia; their previous office there was destroyed by this tornado. IFPA and VDRA are working very closely together to coordinate efforts, so as to avoid duplicating services.