Matthew Clean-up and Recovery

October 10, 2016 — Two UMA member organizations praised the response of their staff and residents as they work to recover from damages sustained from severe weather over the weekend as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

The preliminary assessment to the Florida United Methodist Children’s Home revealed that residential cottages, staff buildings and service areas on campus sustained minimal damage. The most notable damages included downed tree and the unfortunate loss of part of the chapel cross. Most importantly, no injuries were reported as a result of the storm which hit the community as a Category 2 hurricane.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our residents and staff for their exemplary conduct before and during the storm,” reported Kitwana McTyer, interim President and CEO. FUMCH just completed their EAGLE site visit for reaccreditation last month.

As the storm headed north to Georgia, Magnolia Manor, also completed a preliminary assessment of two campuses located on the Georgia Coast. One campus suffered roof damage resulting in flooding. The second campus had trees down, but no structural damage. Their third campus St. Simons, located on St. Simons Island in Georgia, cannot be evaluated until access is granted to the area.

Please continue to pray for our UMA member organizations as they begin to clean up and make repairs. We are grateful that, according to their reports to us, their residents and staff avoided the worst of the dangerous storm situation.

Was your organization also affected by the storm? If you would like to share details with your UMA community for prayers and support, please share your news with us, please email