Jan Wendorf, president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, stopped by the Austin LSS office on June 16th, to present a grant check to Dr. Kurt Senske, chief executive officer. President Wendorf and her fellow LWML travelers delivered a $25,000 check for Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response (LSSDR), in partial payment for the LWML “Psalm 69 Project: Emergency Disaster Aid in Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana.” The $50,000 grant was approved at the LWML National Convention in Portland last summer.
Ms. Wendorf explained that Lutheran Women in Mission use their most recognizable tool, the “Mite Box,” to collect “widow’s mites” in the 40 LWML districts, to fund the grants and work of each district. LWML women work year-round to raise the mites for these grants.
Those who have been displaced and left in desperate straits following hurricanes or other disasters will benefit directly from this grant. One-time hardship payments will be provided as emergency aid to qualified individuals and applied toward shelter, medicine, and other urgent and critical needs not being met by any other resource.
By providing such emergency assistance during times of disaster, the LWML funds will expedite the recovery for a significant number of people in financial crisis. We are so grateful for the generous spirits ―and warm hearts―of the LWML!