by Shaun Knittel -
SGN Staff Writer
Following the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti, Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) around the world have mobilized to offer spiritual and financial support.
According to MCC officials, the church's Santo Domingo congregation, which is dedicated to serving the LGBT community and all vulnerable populations, 'was able to fund direct assistance in the form of food, water, basic medicinal supplies, tents, and sleeping bags to survivors.'
Reverend Nancy Wilson, moderator of MCC, announced a further gift in the amount of $10,000 to Housing Works, a New York City-based organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness.
In operation since 1990, Housing Works, under the direction of Charles King, has recently assisted in reopening three medical clinics in Haiti. Two of the clinics focus primarily on people living with HIV/AIDS and one has a primary outreach to women and children.
In addition, Housing Works has been able to offer limited assistance in the form of lightweight, mosquito-proof tents to people living with HIV/AIDS who were rendered homeless by the earthquake's destruction.
"People living with AIDS are on the bottom of the help list," said King. "We are so grateful for MCC's generous gift. It will mean that some of the vulnerable and underserved in Haiti will get the basic care and supplies they need to survive, including temporary shelter."
Reverend Wilson, who spearheaded MCC's campaign to offer immediate and direct support to the ravaged communities of the island nation, said, "To be left homeless and hungry - in many cases, having lost all family members and friends - is bad enough. To try to live without the medications, treatment, and care people living with HIV/AIDS need to survive is even worse. We know that Haiti is the Caribbean nation most affected by HIV/AIDS, and we are praying that the gift we offer today will both save lives and build up hope for the future."
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