New Port Richey, Fla, Monday, September 12, 2016 – Even as the Red Cross is providing emergency relief such as food and shelter, volunteers start creating community recovery plans and trained caseworkers begin to provide personal support to survivors. Recovering from a disaster can be a confusing, emotionally draining and complicated process. Caseworkers meet one on-one with people to create recovery plans.
Casework is a critical part of helping families in both the immediate aftermath of a disaster and supporting longer-term recovery needs. Because everyone’s needs are different, caseworkers can help develop personal recovery plans and point people to help available from other agencies. In addition to being advocates for the people they work with, caseworkers can provide referrals to government and community programs, help fill out paperwork, provide relief supplies, and assist with recovery planning. Casework may also include direct financial assistance depending on the individual’s circumstances and other resources or programs that may be available to support their recovery.
Much of our recovery work focuses on helping the most vulnerable and people who need extra help getting back on their feet. This could include those whose homes were destroyed or heavily damaged or who don’t have anywhere else to turn for help.
Please call 844-556-6582 for recovery assistance due to a destroyed or heavily damaged home.
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 more information, please visitredcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.