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Shelter Operations Winding Down

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(CHARLOTTE, N.C. - July 27, 2017) - After staffing and operating a shelter for residents displaced by the fire at Woodscape Apartments in east Charlotte since July 17, a plan is now in place to close the Red Cross shelter located at Albemarle Road Middle School.

Community response has been heartwarming, quickly filling two gymnasiums with clothing and other items. Partner organizations were quick to jump in with services they can provide, including financial assistance.

“The willingness to work together to best serve our neighbors who found themselves without a home has been inspirational,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive officer, American Red Cross Western North Carolina Region. “The Red Cross, which has been serving this community for 100 years, has never done it alone. It is through the generosity of our donors and the collaboration of our partners that allowed us to be able to serve our neighbors as we have.”

Partner collaboration and assistance from Red Cross caseworkers have resulted in most of the displaced residents relocating or negotiating for places to live, either at Woodscape Apartments or elsewhere. Based on additional information gathered from residents and the availability of apartments, it has been determined that those remaining should be able to move into an apartment in the next few days. Therefore, the residents have been advised that the Red Cross shelter will close after breakfast Monday morning. Red Cross volunteers will continue to provide meals and casework assistance through the weekend.

“We also want to thank Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools for providing the facility,” said Broome Powley. “Together, our community can accomplish so much.”


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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