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Bahamian Relief

Hurricane Dorian Relief 

Through a connection with the Bahamian Government’s Ministry of Health, we have been encouraged to partner directly with New Providence Community Church, a local church with a distribution network already in place to support the needs of those effected by the hurricane.

We are already actively sending financial support on behalf of our congregation in order to provide for relief supplies, medical assistance, relocation support, and other needs in the wake of the disaster.

A portion of your donations will continue to be sent to New Providence to support their ongoing efforts. 

Refugee Assistance

We have committed both short- and long-term assistance to a family of refugees from the Grand Bahamas whose homes were destroyed in Hurricane Dorian.

These individuals are not unknown to us, being the extended family of JupiterFIRST congregant and staff member Therese Adderley.

JupiterFIRST and your donations are already assisting in providing shelter, food, transportation, food, and basic needs.

 Would you consider making a tax-deductible donation today to our relief efforts? Your generosity is making a difference!

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Housing and Transportation Needed

Our family of evacuees have been slowly but intentionally investing themselves into our church and local community. The children have been in school several days this week and were in church programs last evening.

Because they are still in temporary housing, we are working hard to identify a free or rental property for them to utilize for approximately 6 months. We are also in need of transportation if someone would like to donate a minivan/SUV or car.

Our goal for housing is that be near Jerry Thomas Elementary School / JupiterFIRST Church, be a one-level apartment/house, preferably furnished, and 3+ bedrooms.

If you are able to help with shelter, transportation, or information, please contact the Church Office at 561.747.8340.

Off to School

Dressed and ready! September 10, 2019.

Our family was up early this morning and ready to head off to school at Jerry Thomas Elementary! We are thankful for the staff and teachers at this amazing local school, many of whom are a part of our congregation.

Thank you for your generosity in providing the resources necessary to help prepare the students for this morning.

Pray for their nerves to be calmed and that they will experience a tremendous welcome!

Supplies Purchased

We spent an hour with the amazing staff at Jupiter Shoe Carnival as we purchased a pair of sneakers and dress shoes for everyone in the family. September 9, 2019.

Thanks to the congregation’s generous support, we have been able to secure some basic needs for our family of evacuees from Grand Bahamas.

Two of the children begin school tomorrow at our local Jerry Thomas Elementary School and, of course, need uniforms and school supplies.

Jerry Thomas’ staff was amazing in supplying some uniform and supplies for free. We are grateful to have them as a partner!

But we also felt like our community would want them well outfitted as they enter a new school, in a new community, in a new country, after enduring such horrific devastation.

A cart-full of school supplies are ready for checkout at Walmart. September 9, 2019.

So we went on a shopping trip to Shoe Carnival to purchase a set of shoes for everyone in the family. A pair of sneakers and a pair of dressier shoes for everyone! We didn’t allow them to look at price tags, but we did take advantage of every coupon and sale!!

Then we went to Walmart and let them pick out any book bag and lunch box they wanted. We bought more uniform shirts and pants, socks and underwear, and a ton of school supplies. We knew you would want to be sure that they were well outfitted with everything they needed on day one.

Thank you for your generous donations that made this possible.

First Gift Sent to Nassau Church

New Providence Community Church offloading supplies to give to families impacted by Hurricane Dorian. September 6, 2019.

Today, we sent a gift of $10,000 on behalf of our congregation and community to New Providence Community Church in Nassau, Bahamas.

This is a “first gift” in order to support their relief efforts in the most heavy impacted areas of the Bahamas. NPCC was recommended to us by connections within the Bahamian Government’s Ministry of Health.

In our talks with NPCC, we have found them to be worthy of our support and effective in their efforts. We look forward to a continued partnership with them as they do work as the hands and feet of Jesus on our behalf.

Housing Needed

Our family of refugees from the Bahamas have secured temporary housing with one of our members, and we owe this couple a deep debt of gratitude for their hospitality. But we are in need of longer-term housing. It is possible that we could be providing shelter for 6+ months as this family recovers from Hurricane Dorian and gets back on their feet. If you are aware of empty living quarters or rentals in the Jupiter area, please reach out to JupiterFIRST at 561.747.8340 or info@jupiterfirst.org.

The housing needs to be furnished, with no stairs, and preferably contain 2-3+ bedrooms. The closer to the church and Jerry Thomas Elementary School, the better.

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