A need, and an opportunity to help
Doug and Judy Moore are back from more than two months volunteering in Puerto Rico, helping to coordinate relief efforts focused on getting roofs back on hurricane victims' houses.
"People are living in their homes," Judy wrote me. "When it rains, it rains inside too. Right now is the hurricane season - so very rainy."
Doug Moore is a former pastor of the Norwich Congregational Church, which his holding an informational session and fundraiser on Tuesday evening to support a particular rebuilding project that has become especially significant to him and Judy.
"We saw one church that must be rebuilt so the neighborhood where it stands can begin to rebuild," Doug wrote in a fundraising plea.
The goal of the effort is to rebuild four rooms in the United Evangelical Church in Santurce, which is led by a pastor who is known as Tita. "She is the real deal," Doug wrote.
"The church is in a poor section of San Juan," he said. "... The rooms were damaged by Hurricane Irma and torn apart by Hurricane Maria. Ceilings, walls, flooring, electrical, and everything in the rooms were destroyed."
"These rooms will be used to to establish an outreach mission that will help the poor rebuild their lives," Judy wrote.
Their fundraising goal is $20,000. "To date, we have $7,250," Judy wrote. "Pretty good, huh?"
It is! But it's not yet enough.
Doug is also a former pastor in Sharon, and the Moores now worship at the Thetford Hill Congregational Church, so they are hoping for a broad turnout Tuesday evening. The session begins at 7 p.m.
You can also donate by sending a check to the Norwich Congregational Church, PO Box 236, Norwich, 05055. Just put "Tita's Church" in the subject line.
You can read more about the overall relief effort in which the Moores participated here.