Local Red Cross and Organizations Collaborate to Assist Families in Need
Up to Forty Families Struggle to Find Housing
(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 21, 2017) – The American Red Cross serving the Charlotte Metro community and about 30 community organizations have come together to identify challenges and resources for families displaced by Monday morning’s large apartment fire on Pond Farm Lane in east Charlotte. One resident shared what he and his family went through and asked those in attendance for help for his family and neighbors.
At a meeting held at the Central United Methodist Church on Albemarle Road Thursday afternoon, aAffordable housing was quickly identified as an overwhelming need for the families impacted by the fire. Furniture, clothing and food were also identified as primary needs. Additional needs are things like calling cards so they may communicate with their families, and bus passes so they may return to work and get to medical appointments.
“The challenges faced by most of these families are long-term and many,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region. “The Red Cross is providing shelter and making sure our neighbors are comfortable and fed, and have the medications and other necessities they need, but it will take our community coming together to truly help them on their road to recovery. We are thankful so many organizations stepped up.”
About 100 people gathered at the meeting. The participants broke into smaller groups to brainstorm and share the services they may be able to offer around finances, affordable housing, mental health, and more. Organizations will next identify what they can offer to be part of a solution and to avoid duplicative services.
“You never know when the next disaster may occur,” said Powley. “If ever you’ve thought of volunteering, do so now so you’ll be trained then.”
HOW PEOPLE CAN HELP:
The Red Cross is able to provide services such as shelter and casework assistance free thanks to the generosity of our donors. Anyone wishing to assist the Red Cross in providing assistance to people impacted by disasters such as this, please donate at redcross.org/nc or by calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999to make a $10 donation.
Start the volunteer process at redcross.org/volunteer.
Often those fleeing a burning home are injured and may need a blood transfusion. Donate now to help save up to 3 lives. Visit redcrossblood.org for collection location or blood drive nearest you and to schedule an appointment. You may also access Rapid Pass and save even more time by completing much of the pre-screening information before your appointment.
MAKE YOUR HOME SAFER:
While the Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters a year, one every 8 minutes, most of them are home fires. Home fires can happen quickly and claim lives and property. Families can keep themselves and their loved ones safer by checking their existing smoke alarms and practicing fire drills at home. For more information about home fire preparedness, visit www.redcross.org/NC.