The JOEL HAITI INITIATIVE was created with a donation from the William and Vivian Joel endowment left to the First United Methodist of Boca Raton to be used in support of the Haitian people locally and in Haiti. A board of nine people were nominated to independently oversee and manage the funds and build an organizational structure and decide on a vision for the future. The initial focus of the Joel Haiti Initiative is in the Pignon region of Haiti at the Christian School of New Vision in LaJeune, Haiti. The CSNV had been a supported FUMC Outreach Mission with church member donations and mission trips for several years. Through subsequent mission trips and contacts in the Pignon region, other projects and partnerships have been developed. Locally, we have developed relationships with Haitian schools and churches in our community. For more information, please contact Dan Bertotti.