In Brief — Jan. 14, 2005 {0227}

e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service

In Brief — Jan. 14, 2005 

Jan. 14, 2005    News media contact:  Michael Wacht*    
407-897-1140     Orlando  {0227}

An e-Review News Item

Foundation awards $90,000 in grants to hurricane-damaged churches

By Suzanne McGovern**

LAKELAND — The Executive Committee of the Florida United Methodist Foundation recently awarded $90,000 in grants to 11 churches in the Broward/Palm Beach, Fort Myers and Miami districts that sustained extensive damage during the 2004 hurricane season. 

The grants will be used to pay insurance deductibles for the churches, according to Foundation President Tom Marston. He said many of the churches face particular hardships because the insurance deductibles are levied at $5,000 per building, per occurrence. The grant program is designed to help reduce the financial burden for the churches.
The Foundation Executive Committee approved an emergency loan fund immediately following Hurricane Charley and agreed to establish a grant program to assist churches facing high insurance deductibles. Marston said the Foundation worked closely with the Florida Conference Cabinet to determine which churches had the greatest need.
The Foundation also has emergency loan funds available at 0 percent interest for 12 months, with a limit of $25,000. For loans of up to $50,000, the Foundation will grant emergency loans at a rate of 0.5 percent above the current Sharing Plan rate of 2 percent adjustable annually.
For more information contact the Foundation at 800-282-8011, extension 106, or visit the Foundation Web site at

Groups interested in forming a work team to assist with hurricane relief and recovery efforts should contact the Florida Storm Recovery Center at 800-282-8011, extension 149. The Florida Conference Storm Recovery Team can be contacted by e-mail at

For conference news and recovery updates go to

This news item relates to Florida Conference Disaster Response.

*Wacht is director of Florida United Methodist Communications and managing editor
of e-Review Florida United Methodist News Service.
**McGovern is Associate Vice President Planned Giving-Communications for the Florida United Methodist Foundation.

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