MANCHESTER, CONN., OCTOBER 13, 2013 – The American Red Cross shelter in Manchester that opened Saturday night to house people displaced by a fire on Main Street closed Saturday afternoon.
Residents in need of temporary housing were placed in area hotels. The Red Cross met one-on-one with displaced families to determine emergency needs and provided 18 people with assistance that included funds for food and clothing.
“We are grateful to the volunteers who helped Saturday night and Sunday to support this effort,” said American Red Cross spokesperson Paul Shipman. “We are grateful also for support from the members of the Manchester Citizen Emergency Response Team, the staff of the Manchester Senior Center where the shelter was opened, the Town of Manchester and to Highland Park Market for donating some of the food provided to displaced residents. A united response to emergencies helps to make communities more resilient.”
American Red Cross disaster assistance is free of charge, a gift made possible by generous donations and the work of volunteers.