Church Workers in Haiti Say They're Safe

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MILWAUKEE -- Volunteers with Milwaukee's Episcopal Diocese have posted a Facebook message saying that they are safe after going through Tuesday's 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

The volunteers from the Haiti Project said they had finished up work in a small village in the mountains near the community of Jeannette, Haiti.  Five others had returned to the U.S., but they remained.

Rev. David Pfaff, canon to the bishop, told the Journal Sentinel that the two were standing on a roof of a guest house where they were staying when the earthquake happened.  They will return to the U.S. as soon as possible.

The Journal Sentinel reports six women from St. Mary Catholic Faith Community in Hales Corners were due to fly to Haiti Wednesday to spend a week at the church's sister parish near Jeremie on Haiti's southwest peninsula.

Two people from Southeastern Wisconsin are reported missing in Haiti:
Melissa Elliott, a college student from Hartland
Peter Van Horn, a Town of Delafield Supervisor

More: 
Report: Milwaukee-Area Student Found in Haiti 
No Word Yet on Child Sponsored by WTMJ Anchor
Racine Couple Loses Family in Earthquake
Church Groups Workers OK
UW Group in Haiti Unhurt
Local Groups Reeling
Milwaukee's Eyes on Haiti
MSNBC Coverage

Audio: 
Mike Elliott, whose daughter is missing in Haiti, on 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News
Dr. Ron and Ronnie Pruhs, who have done service work in Haiti for years, on 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Morning News

Blog: 
The Cold-Filtered Ramblings of Gene Mueller: How To Help

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Call in with your pledge from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th to donate money to the Red Cross

Sampling of Haiti-Serving Charities with Milwaukee Connections:
Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee World Mission Ministries
Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee Haiti Project
Friends for Health in Haiti 
Gesu Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with St. Jude's Church in Haiti
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Milwaukee, twinning with Norwich Mission House in Haiti
Our Little Brothers and Sisters
Salvation Army of Southeastern Wisconsin
St. Francis Cabrini Parish in West Bend's Haiti Outreach
St. Mary's of Hales Corners
Three Angels Children's Relief

Other Efforts: 
Text HAITI to 90999 and $10 will be donated automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill
MSNBC's List of Charitable Organizations

The women canceled their trip, but are concerned about the well being of those at their sister parish.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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