Catholic Charities of St. Louis and the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri Join in Opening Resource Center in Jefferson County for Those Affected by Christmas Flooding
Catholic Charities Contact: Chris Martinez
Telephone: (314) 367-5500 x1133
Red Cross Contact: Peggy Barnhart
Telephone: (314) 422-0217
MEDIA ONLY: (314) 406-1920
St. Louis- Catholic Charities of St. Louis and the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri are partnering with other local disaster assistance organizations to open a “one-stop shop” for survivors of the flood in Franklin and Jefferson Counties at the request of the county emergency management agencies. Beginning Saturday, January 9th, at Valley Middle School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Jefferson County, Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) will open across the region be open to support people in need of assistance. Click here for a full list of dates, times and locations.
Trained English and Spanish-speaking caseworkers will be available at the Jefferson County MARC to assist with creating personal recovery plans, navigating paperwork, and locating assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs along with assistance for groceries, rent, medicine and other items or services. Representatives from state agencies, nonprofit, and religiously-affiliated disaster relief organizations will also be on hand at the MARC to assist flood survivors. For a full list of participating agencies, go to www.ccstl.org/floods
“Catholic Charities of St. Louis, in cooperation with the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri, Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities of Missouri and other partner organizations, will continue with long-term efforts to help those affected by the flooding when the disaster is no longer in the news and others have moved on,” said Theresa Ruzicka, President of Catholic Charities.
“The Red Cross is proud to join our partner agencies to help survivors of the Christmas Flooding,” said CEO Cindy Erickson. “This community has pulled together to help their neighbors in need, and the Red Cross will continue to walk with those who need our help on their road to recovery.”
There will also be agencies present to help with long-term recovery assistance like relocation and other services including muck-out and debris removal services, behavioral health services, tetanus shots, access to free pet food and much more. Individuals and families can meet with agencies for referrals or other long term recovery services if a family is not eligible for government assistance or if that assistance is inadequate to meet your needs.
Individuals and families applying for assistance are required to bring identification showing address and proof of residence to be eligible for assistance from some agencies. A hot meal and child care will be provided at the MARCs.
About Catholic Charities of St. Louis: Catholic Charities has been helping people in need since 1912. Organized as a federation of eight agencies, Catholic Charities assists 124,000 people annually in the 11 counties of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Catholic Charities seeks to break the cycle of poverty, abuse and neglect, empower people to make positive, permanent changes and support them to lead self-sufficient, dignified lives.
About the American Red Cross of Eastern Missouri: Celebrating 97 years of dedicated service in the region, the American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies. Thousands of volunteers and generous donors provide community support services including disaster relief, preparedness efforts, training in lifesaving skills, service to military families and blood services. The Greater St. Louis Region covers St. Louis City, and 66 surrounding counties in Missouri and Illinois. All disaster relief services are free. To learn more about the Red Cross and how you can help, contact your local Red Cross by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit redcross.org.