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Adventist Community Services distributes relief assistance on Tinian

THE Tinian Seventh-day Adventist Church, through the Adventist Community Services, provided 61 households with vouchers for building materials to help rebuild their homes that were damaged by Typhoon Yutu.

SDA Pastor Paulo Restauro Jr. said church volunteers assessed the damaged houses in Marpo Height, Carolina Heights, Marpo Valley and San Jose from Nov. 16 to 19. He said they then distributed vouchers that can be redeemed at a local hardware store. “They were very thankful,” he added, referring to the recipients.

Pastor Paulo Restauro Jr., right, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tinian poses with a resident during the distribution of relief assistance from Adventist Community Services.Pastor Paulo Restauro Jr., right, of the Seventh-day Adventist Church on Tinian poses with a resident during the distribution of relief assistance from Adventist Community Services.

Some of them were still waiting to get assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, he said. “So the vouchers were very timely since they could start rebuilding their homes while waiting for assistance from FEMA, other agencies or non-profit groups.”

After the distribution of vouchers on Nov. 21, at least 10 more individuals visited the Tinian SDA Church to seek financial assistance, Restauro said. But the Adventist Community Services had limited funds and could not assist all residents on island, so he and another church member decided to give a portion of their share to those who were unable to get ACS assistance.

Tinian residents wait for their turn to receive vouchers for building materials during the distribution of relief assistance at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Contributed photosTinian residents wait for their turn to receive vouchers for building materials during the distribution of relief assistance at the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Contributed photos

Restauro thanked the ACS director in the CNMI, Dr. Warren Creed, and other volunteers for the “great service to the community.” On Saipan, ACS volunteers conducted a separate relief assistance program last week.

Source: Marianas Variety : http://www.mvariety.com/cnmi/cnmi-news/local/109059-adventist-community-services-distributes-relief-assistance-on-tinian

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