The Dominican Development Group Announces the Departure of Executive Director, Bill Kunkle – click for more details
Crisis Response and Appeal
Bishop Moisés Quezada Mota appeals for assistance with relief efforts and program support in the Dominican Republic
“I have seen the many needs that our people have. They are spiritual, emotional, economic, and social needs, and we want to be able to provide ministry that can respond to these needs … allowing us to follow the call that the Gospel of Christ gives us.” –The Rt. Rev. Moisés Quezada Mota
“Although we cannot be together physically during this time – public worship services are suspended, mission team projects and travel plans are postponed – God is with us, and the work of the Church continues. I urge you and your congregations to prayerfully consider a special donation to aid the Dominican Episcopal Church in its crisis relief efforts this year. We give thanks to God that so many of us are blessed with the financial resources to help those who are suffering most during this crisis. May we continue to pray for all those who are ill, for their caregivers, for those who suffer, and for those who have died.” – The Rev. Jason Roberson DDG President
The Dominican Episcopal Church is engaged in ministry in 78 Communities across the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Episcopal Church and the Dominican Development Group have always responded to the needs of the communities in times of crisis. Tropical storms and hurricanes are the usual suspects that create these crises. Over the past 30 years, the Church has built 43 reinforced concrete buildings that provide safe shelter when storms hit the island nation. These buildings, and many more, house a variety of religious, educational, and social programs year round in communities all across the country.
The COVID-19 crisis has impacted all of these important programs, and with residents of the Dominican Republic confined to their homes and unable to work, the needs across all communities have reached critical levels. The Dominican Episcopal Church is responding with its limited resources to help those affected by this health emergency.
· Clinics and retirement home – Our health clinics and the Hogar retirement home are operating and attending to the health care needs in the communities they serve. The health care facilities are on the front line of this crisis, and resources are at critical levels.
· Schools and Children’s Shelters – Our 27 Episcopal schools and shelters have been forced to close temporarily by government orders. The nearly 7000 students who attend these schools and more than 300 staff and administrators need our help to enhance online education options. We must be able to retain our gifted teachers during this time when students and their families are unable to pay the minimal tuition that covers their salaries.
· Churches – Our churches have also been forced to close for the safety of our communities. This has put an extraordinary burden on the churches, as most of the financial resources are received in the collection plates during worship services.
· Relational ministries through Mission Teams – Most of the mission teams scheduled to come to the Dominican Republic in 2020 have canceled or postponed. These groups are working in partnership in numerous communities to do God’s work. The programs and projects where these groups serve are vital to their respective communities, and the resources these teams bring provide for local employment and economic stimulus.
This crisis is like nothing we have ever experienced, and we are asking for your prayers and financial support during this difficult time.
Donations are tax deductible, and 100% of your donation will be used for direct relief in the communities across the Dominican Republic.
Please mail checks to:
Dominican Development Group
PO Box 272261
Tampa, FL 33688
Or you can donate by credit card by using the link below: Please note on your donation is to be used for “Crisis Relief.”