FEMA grants $66 million to Methodists for Katrina counseling

Grant derived from donations made by foreign governments
For a post-Katrina counseling program, the United Methodist Committee on Relief will receive a $66 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency that was derived from donations made by foreign governments, the New York Times has reported.

“We need a national network of case management to help families in their search for work or to help them move from one place to another,” said Natalie Rule, a FEMA spokeswoman quoted by the Times.

UMCOR, based in New York City and working in this instance with other charities, intends to hire 600 case managers who will work with volunteers and relief centers across the country.

The funds will be drawn from a total of $120 million donated by dozens of nations. The United Arab Emirates gave the most—$100 million, according to the State Department. A department spokesperson said the money was donated without conditions for its use.


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