'UMCOR West' is Here!

July 28, 2009

We in the western part of the United States now have our own United Methodist Committee on Relief supply depot, dubbed "UMCOR West."


The new 22,000 square foot facility in Salt Lake City, which opened its doors June 3, serves as a material resources warehouse to store UMCOR relief supplies and ministry kits. Having a supply depot in the area reduces shipping costs and enhances efficiency when UMCOR needs to respond to emergencies in this part of the country. The facility also serves as a field office and training center for disaster response, hosts kit ministries, and establishes an additional point of communication for UMCOR - particularly important in the event of a disaster striking on the East Coast.


Churches in the Western Jurisdiction will be able to take advantage of opportunities for kit ministry provided by the depot. Disaster relief, birthing, and school kits all provide essential supplies for individuals and families throughout the world.


Volunteer groups or individuals are invited to spend a week in Salt Lake City to serve at UMCOR West. According to the Rev. Brian Diggs, who directs the depot, each mission experience will include kit ministry and volunteer work in the local community. UMCOR West works closely with Crossroads Urban Center, a United Methodist national mission institute in Salt Lake City, to provide meaningful service experiences.


The response to UMCOR West throughout the Western Jurisdiction has been tremendous. So many groups have booked to volunteer that nearly every week of the summer is covered (many are youth groups from other states). Nearby Christ UMC and Hilltop UMC are generously hosting groups from out of town; both churches have sleeping accommodations, showers, and kitchens.


To volunteer - or to donate supply kits - please contact: The UMCOR West Office and Depot, Rev. Brian Diggs, Director, 1479 South 700 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84104-1605; phone 801.973.7250; fax 801.973.7916; email WestDepot@UMCOR.org.



For more information about UMCOR West visit http://new.gbgm-umc.org/umcor/work/umcorwest/ or http://www.umvimwj.blogspot.com/.