Update about the Navajo COVID Relief Project in Cortez

Update about the Navajo COVID Relief Project in Cortez

Pastor Jean Schwein and Norman Mark have shared an update regarding the Navajo COVID Relief Project sponsored by Cortez First UMC.

“We are beginning our next, more permanent step by creating an on-going program to repair homes on the Navajo Nation.  Tentatively called “Native Grace Building Lives,” we are recruiting people who have construction and remodeling experience. These people will lead teams of Navajo young people and teach them construction skills on the job. The elders will receive home repairs and the young people will gain experience than may lead to employment. We are currently purchasing and collecting tools, and some homes are already being repaired. The Navajo Tribe is partnering with us by providing most materials.”

The greatest needs at this moment are:

A Tool Trailer (5′ × 10′ or 5′ × 12′ fully enclosed and lockable); and

A generator to provide for use of power tools and to recharge batteries for cordless tools. As Pastor Jean shared, “finding a trailer is proving difficult because new trailers are backordered more than a year. The industry is still trying to catch up after pandemic shutdowns. If anyone has a used trailer, we would be happy to pay for it & will figure out a way to get it down here.”

Please tell your members “THANK YOU ” for all of their support and prayers!!!

If you would want to make a financial donation, the address is:  First United Methodist Church of Cortez, P.O. Box 1016, Cortez, CO  81321; include Navajo COVID Relief Project on the memo line. 

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