GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Red Cross of West Michigan hosted a meeting this afternoon with several local organizations to discuss resources for flood victims.
Participating agencies included Mel Trotter Ministries, Salvation Army, Heart of West Michigan United Way 211, Pilots for Christ, Degage Ministries, In the Image, Access of West Michigan, World Renew, Southern Baptist Convention, Mennonite Disaster Services, Holland Rescue Mission, and Montcalm and Ionia Department of Human Services.
Representatives from each organization shared services they can provide in an effort to put together a comprehensive resource guide. These resources will allow partners to collaborate during this disaster and refer flood victims to agencies that can help with their specific needs.
The meeting created a collaborative, multi-agency effort that is specific to this disaster and allows agencies to customize their services to the emerging needs of the community.
“We are partners,” said Cheryl Bremer, Regional CEO of the Red Cross of West Michigan. “We will work together to be there for the community in their darkest hours.”
The Red Cross will continue to reach out to add more resources and services for flood victims. Agencies, churches, and other organizations that have beneficial services to offer flood victims should contact Jerry Robinson at Jerry.Robinson@redcross.org.
You can help people affected by disasters like floods, fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes by making a donation to support American Red Cross Disaster Relief. To make a financial contribution, visit redcross.org/donate, text REDCROSS to 90999, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.