Lutherans United Assisting After Disasters (LUAD) is a mission of the South Central Wisconsin Synod of Wisconsin that began at Bethel Luther Church after the 2008 floods. Initially 6 congregations joined together to form the new disaster recovery group. LUAD is based on several principles the most important are: a focus on the spiritual nature of helping others, control by the local congregations, a survivor centered focus, and a commitment to remaining totally volunteer. No member of LUAD receives payment for being a part of LUAD and no survivor is ever charged for any services. LUAD does not duplicate any work usually done by existing disaster organization, it is designed to fill in where no services are provided.
In the summer of 2013 LUAD provided over 700 hours of volunteer labor and $12,000 financial assistance to flood survivors in Boscobel Wisconsin. All labor and recovery funds are coordinated through the local ELCA congregation and are directed at anyone in the community who is effected by the disaster. Since LUAD began over 150 individuals from 17 congregations have joined in this effort.
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