We appreciate the hundreds of messages of support we have received following the devastation that hurricane Maria inflicted upon the island. Many of you have requested information about the best way to help our community recover, so we have launched this fundraiser for precisely that purpose.
Although our Sanctuary is intact, our kitchen and religious school sustained flooding damage during and after hurricane Maria hit the island. The electricity has not been restored, which means that we have not been able to use the building for services, nor have we been able to make a full assesment of the damage, since the affected areas are very dark, even in the daytime.
We are running this campaign in a effort to raise enough funds to bring us back to normal operation as soon as possible. We need to obtain and install a gas or diesel powered generator for emergencies, but this is only a temporary solution. As a more permanent way to get back on our feet faster after disasters like this, and to reduce our overall operating expenses, we are hoping to install solar panels to run our facilities year-round.
Many of our membership has been directly affected by this storm, which means that our primary source of income, membership donations, will be significantly reduced as well, making it difficult to maintain normal operations throughout the next year or more.
You can donate money via PayPal using the form below. If you would prefer to purchase goods that will be delivered directly to people in need, you may do so using this link: https://www.myregistry.com/public/tbs-hurricane-recovery-san-juan-pr
Please keep in mind, however, that due to the circumstances, mail delivery is still quite unreliable. Picking up packages at the Post Office can mean waiting for hours in long lines only to discover that the package is not there after all. If you must send goods, please try to send multiple items (10 or more). Otherwise, please consider donating money instead.