Typhoon Haiyan

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Message from Mission and Ministry

Dear Campus Community,

The news about the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan that hit the central Philippines over the weekend is staggering. No one will know the exact number of lives that have been lost for many days or perhaps weeks, but we do know that thousands perished during this storm and that hundreds of thousands are now without water, food, or shelter. We join the world community in our concern for the welfare of survivors and in grief for those who have perished.

Many members of the University of San Diego community have asked how they can help. In the coming days, donation containers will be available at the Center for Awareness, Service and Action (CASA) in Student Life Pavilion, Room 320; the Center for Community Service-Learning (CSL) in Maher Hall, Room 218; and University Ministry in University Center, Room 238. Please consider making a donation to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) as they help those affected by this tragedy.

USD is home to a large number of Filipino students and employees many of which have family in the Philippines who have been directly impacted by this tragedy. If you are a student in need of assistance from our Counseling Center, please call (619) 260-4655, or visit their offices in Serra Hall, Room 300. If you are an employee and would like to access counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program, please call (800) 342-8111, or visit their website at: www.horizoncarelink.com. Let us join in solidarity by our prayers and support for relief efforts. Your contribution, regardless of the amount, will make a difference.

Sincerely,

Monsignor Daniel Dillabough
Vice President for Mission and Ministry