CWS helps meet ongoing needs of Joplin tornado survivors

Church World Service, a global humanitarian organization, has awarded a grant of $5,000 to the Joplin Long-Term Recovery Committee to assist in meeting the needs of tornado survivors.

The Joplin Long Term Recovery Committee is a collaborative group of more than 30 nonprofit and faith-based organizations working to help people affected by the May 22, 2011, tornado in Joplin, Mo. The group provides case management, housing repair and construction and emotional and spiritual care to survivors.

"We believe that supporting the Long Term Recovery Committee is the best way to help Joplin recover," said Bryan Crousore, a CWS Emergency Response Specialist. "Experience has taught us that long-term recovery committees bring people together to meet needs that would otherwise be overlooked."

Church World Service is an ecumenical organization supported by 37 Christian communions and CROP Hunger Walks in the United States. Its areas of focus include hunger, refugee resettlement and disasters.

CWS Emergency Response Specialists offer free workshops, webinars and expert advice to long-term recovery committees in disaster-affected communities. Information on these services is available online at

For more information or to arrange a phone interview with Bryan Crousore, please contact Tim Shenk at Church World Service, or 212-870-2728 .