This December will mark the two-year anniversary of the rare winter flood that inundated the St. Louis confluence and damaged hundreds of homes throughout the region. Since that devastating storm, nonprofit agencies across the city and state have pulled together to help flood survivors recover. Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) all over the greater St. Louis area have spent nearly two years reaching out to flood survivors, assessing their needs, and offering support wherever possible.
The Salvation Army has been leading case management for flood survivors in the St. Louis region.
“We have been given the opportunity to make a difference in flood survivor lives throughout the area, which would not have been possible without the generous support of our partners and thousands of hours served by volunteers. Thanks to them, survivors are living in their homes once again.” Said Kylie Ruffner, Program Manager for Salvation Army Disaster Recovery Services.
Homes all over the region have received the help of volunteers who have traveled near and fall to repair homes back to a safe and sanitary condition. From California to Virginia, volunteers have come from all over the country to help homeowners get their homes and their lives back on track.
One flood survivor in Franklin County said “It’s been a godsend. My home is beautiful. After what’s felt like a few years of bad luck, I finally feel like I’ve seen the light at the end of the tunnel.”
With hundreds of clients served, and nearly forty homes repaired, the winter 2015 disaster case management program has proved to be very successful. While the end of the program is looming near, it’s not over yet. Now more than ever, there is a great need for local volunteers to help us finish this important task. There are many homeowners still in need of home repair assistance before the year ends. With only a month and a half left of the disaster case management program, we are asking anyone in the St. Louis region with construction or home repair experience to consider serving with us!
If you are interested in helping us meet the need of flood survivors in the community, please call 314-550-1881 or email Erin Goodyear at firstname.lastname@example.org.