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    Red Cross Emergency Shelter
      The Christian Life Center at Paris First UMC is the only designated Red Cross Shelter in Paris/Henry County. We learned quickly in January 2009 how to show radical hospitality when the EMA Director in Henry County asked us to open for the ice storm that crippled West Kentucky. We hosted 20-70 people for 4 days and nights. These people arrived cold and hungry. They were fed and bedded down on cots with blankets into a warm shelter. . Red Cross brought more blankets, personal supplies and extra cots.

    Church volunteers helped set up cots and prepare for those needing the shelter. The members of Paris First UMC were focused on meeting the people’s immediate emergency needs. Many area churches from several denominations cooked and served meals.

    The Red Cross Shelter is under the direction of the Disaster Shelter Committee of PFUMC. Training classes were held this past spring for volunteers and directors. IF you are interested in being a part of this team, please notify the church office @ 642-4764.

      This shelter is not funded and it relies on donations of time and money to do its work. We are approved for 100 spaces and are handicapped accessible.

    Shelter Coordinator: Max Cook, Retired FEMA
    Shelter Manager: Rev. Henry Weber
    Assistant Manager: Martha Campbell, RN


    LINKS:
    United Methodist Committee on Relief: www.umcor.org
    The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is the not-for-profit global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church. UMCOR is working in more than 80 countries worldwide, including the United States. Our mission, grounded in the teachings of Jesus, is to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster, with open hearts and minds to all people.

    Jackson area Red Cross: www.redcrossjac.org
    The American Red Cross ... touching more lives, in New Ways ... under the same trusted symbol.




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