(CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 23, 2018) – The American Red Cross is partnering with Crisis Assistance Ministry as families begin making long-term recovery plans. Twenty-eight people stayed at the shelter overnight Sunday, including 9 children. The shelter remains open as long as needed. This is evaluated daily by the Red Cross in collaboration with emergency management officials.
“As a disaster response organization, the Red Cross provides shelter and makes sure our neighbors are comfortable with a place to sleep, they are fed, and they have the medications and other necessities they need,” said Angela A. Broome Powley, regional executive, Red Cross Greater Carolinas Region. “It takes a community working together to truly make an impact and assist these families on the long-term road to recovery. We are fortunate to have an organization such as Crisis Assistance Ministries in our community to partner with on an ongoing basis.”
Crisis Assistance Ministry’s team will work with Red Cross to assess the specific needs of affected families and provide resources to stabilize their household. Those resources may include financial assistance with rent or utility deposits, provision of clothing, household goods, furniture or appliances, and/or referrals to additional community resources.
“In the midst of this kind of crisis, partnerships are the most efficient way to help families regain stability,” says Carol Hardison, CEO of Crisis Assistance Ministry. “With Red Cross leading the way, our team of caseworkers will work hand-in-hand to address the basic needs of affected families and help them get back on their feet in stable housing.”
Arrangements are in progress for affected families to meet with Crisis Assistance Ministry caseworkers onsite at the Red Cross shelter at Albemarle Road Middle School. Shelter staff can provide additional information about hours of availability as they are established.
Donations of items are still being accepted at Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church, 6740 Albemarle Road, Charlotte, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Items most needed include children’s clothing through age 12, men’s clothing, infant supplies and diapers, and non-perishable food items.
HOW YOU 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/greater-carolinas 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/greater-carolinas.
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 not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For additional information, visit redcross.org.
American Red Cross Charlotte Metro Chapter is a United Way agency.
About Crisis Assistance Ministry
Crisis Assistance Ministry is Mecklenburg County’s Lead Agency offering emergency assistance to impoverished families. Specifically, Crisis Assistance Ministry helps families facing financial crisis by: providing for basic needs with rent and utility assistance, clothing, household goods, furniture, bedding, and appliances; fostering financial stability through partnerships, counseling, and support to give families the tools they need to move toward stability; and educating the community about the realities of poverty in Mecklenburg County. Visit www.crisisassistance.org, www.facebook.com/crisisassistance, or follow @CrisisAssistMin on Twitter and Instagram to learn more about preventing homelessness and preserving dignity.