Hurricane Maria, one of the most powerful hurricanes in history, devastated the Island of Puerto Rico.  It will be a long and challenging recovery and we would like to start helping! The Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MCPR) has issued an invitation for teams to assist them with recovery and rebuilding.

With that, you are invited to join an Early Response Team Mission Trip, March 16th-24th, 2018.  We are going to assist with the near-term damage mitigation.  Our specific assignment will be made closer to the time of the trip, but you can assume it will likely include tarping, emergency repairs and related tasks.

The MCPR has arranged for teams to stay at a retreat camp or a local church. Conditions will be somewhat rough – no electricity, no air conditioning and no hot water although drinking water and meals will be provided.

The team will be led by Leslie Carmichael of Los Altos UMC and Steve Elliott from Asbury UMC in Livermore, both very experienced team leaders.    Participants must be currently badged ERT’s.

If you would like to become an ERT, we are trying to schedule an ERT training class prior to the trip to get people qualified. Additional mission trips to Puerto Rico are anticipated for both ERT and UMVIM (Volunteers in Mission) teams.  The MCPR is currently limiting teams to people 18 years and older.

The cost will be about $500 for participant costs like meals and housing, plus $600 to $700 for air travel.

For more information or to register for the trip or training contact Leslie ( or 650-468-7890) or Steve ( or 925-640-9797).  Registration closes on Sunday, March 4th.