Disaster Relief

Lutheran Disaster Response

Physical: 25 New St Frederiksted, VI 00840 • Mailing: 516B Hospital St Frederiksted, VI 00840-3824 • Phone: (340) 719-1760 • Email: stcroixrebuilding@lssvi.org 

Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) is an effort that provides relief to the Virgin Islands in times of major disasters. Response support is activated to coordinate recovery throughout the Territory, with support from family case management and referrals, and assistance with home reconstruction or mitigation work. On September 6, Hurricane Irma devastated the islands of St. Thomas and St. John, and 14 days later, Hurricane Maria damaged many parts of St. Croix. We support our community to ensure affected families receive the resources and assistance they need.  Our history in helping our community recuperate means we are here for the long haul — through every phase of the recovery process.


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LDR is seeking construction teams of 10 to 20 members to assist with rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes for low-income senior citizens on the island of St. Croix, USVI. We are mostly repairing and replacing roofs, and need volunteers to provide construction labor.Here is a handout providing more details for volunteers teams. 2020 LSS Virgin Islands Lutheran Disaster Response Volunteer Request Handout

For more information, contact Chris Finch, Director of Lutheran Disaster Response at 340-690-8169 or email stcroixrebuilding@lssvi.org.


Want to know what it’s like? Check out this slideshow created by United Methodist Volunteers in Mission Team#36 that volunteered in December, 2019.


Designate donations to Lutheran Disaster Response and 100% will go directly to hurricane disaster relief. Your gift is fully tax deductible and you will receive a letter of receipt from Lutheran Social Services of the Virgin Islands.



The LDR program began in 1989 as a partnership with the National Lutheran Disaster Response program to provide long-term recovery from Hurricane Hugo that caused widespread damage in the Virgin Islands. Lutheran Disaster Response helped rebuild houses in the years following the storm by coordinating both local and stateside volunteers. In the late 1990’s, the program in St. Croix performed mitigation work for low-income community members to bring their homes to new building standards to better withstand hurricane storms. The work continued after Hurricane Marilyn, and relief volunteers worked to rebuild once more while performing counseling and advocacy work in St. Thomas and St. John. In 1998, response teams were again helping with recovery in San Juan for a year after Hurricane Georges hit Puerto Rico. In 2005, the LDR coordinator was reassigned to help with recovery on the mainland following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Efforts were redirected in 2007 to training other non-profits in the Virgin Islands for emergency disaster planning and response. This focus has since shifted to LDR remaining on call to provide disaster relief support for the Territory.

Lutheran Disaster Response is a a partnership with the National Lutheran Disaster Response program of  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

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