Alexandria, VA—Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) continues to coordinate efforts with Catholic Social Services (CSS) Birmingham to provide relief for those impacted by the January 23rd tornadoes, which destroyed hundreds of homes throughout Jefferson County, Alabama.
“The damages are severe—with areas of destruction spanning up to a mile wide,” says Katie Oldaker, Director of Disaster Response for CCUSA. “Though we have mobilized local volunteers and resources, the communities are also in need of monetary donations.”
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Impact More Devastating than Expected; Community Distribution Centers Set Up by Catholic Charities; Funds Desperately Needed
Alexandria, Va. - Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) provided additional updates today in its work to reach out to and provide life-sustaining services to the ever-growing numbers of individuals and families devastated by the Southern storms and tornadoes.
Alexandria, Va. - In the aftermath of yesterday's tornadoes and Spring storms that have hit numerous parts of the U.S. over the past two weeks, Catholic Charities USA and Catholic Charities agencies are providing immediate relief to individuals and families devastated by the natural disasters.
Washington, DC - Catholic Charities agencies in Texas are bracing for Hurricane Ike this weekend -- while disaster relief efforts to assist Gulf Coast residents hit by Gustav continue.
"Forecasters are predicting that Ike will pack winds of 105 mph coupled with tides of 20 feet above normal," explained Kim Burgo, CCUSA's Senior Director of Disaster Response. "Authorities warn that Ike will bring certain death to those remaining in the Galveston area.
Baton Rouge, LA-One week after Hurricane Gustav barreled across the Gulf Coast, Catholic Charities' recovery work continues full throttle. Donations to help victims of the hurricane get back on their feet are falling short of what is needed to support the organization's humanitarian relief efforts.
"While we are extremely grateful that the damage left by Hurricane Gustav was not as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina, that doesn't mean that people are not struggling," said Kim Burgo, director of disaster response for Catholic Charities USA.
Baton Rouge, LA - Catholic Charities USA this week launched a new pilot program in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services aimed at helping victims of disaster quickly access critical services and resources and provide the ongoing support and care they need to recover.
"This program is designed to help the most vulnerable rebuild their lives suddenly uprooted by disaster," said Kim Burgo, senior director of disaster response for Catholic Charities USA.
Baton, Rogue, LA-Tending to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable is the top priority of Catholic Charities USA's (CCUSA) Hurricane Gustav response efforts.
"Gustav packed a powerful punch here in South Louisiana," said Kim Burgo, senior director of disaster response for CCUSA. "Thousands who have been without power for days are struggling to get food, water, and gasoline. Our top priority is to make sure their basic needs are met."
Over one million homes and businesses lost power during the storm.
Baton Rouge, LA-Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is collecting financial donations to help communities along the Gulf Coast recover from the damage caused by Hurricane Gustav.
Alexandria, VA-Catholic Charities USA's Disaster Response Team, which deployed to the Gulf Coast on Friday, continues its disaster recovery preparations, including working with the local Catholic Charities agencies in the region to preposition community resources sites.
After the storm, these sites will provide water, basic food essentials, clean up supplies, personal care kits, and other items to meet the communities' recovery needs.
In addition, teams will be deployed into the affected areas to make damage assessments and identify unmet needs in the communities.
Alexandria, VA-Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Brownsville, TX, helped nearly 30,000 victims of Hurricane Dolly in the first two days of operation at its four community resources.
These sites-which are expected to remain open through Saturday-are located in Cameron, Hidalgo, and Wilacy Counties. They are providing water, food, clean up buckets, rakes, shovels, gloves, personal care kits, and other items to meet the community's needs.
Alexandria, VA-Providing food and shelter for victims of Hurricane Dolly are top priorities for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) and Catholic Social Services (CSS) of the Diocese of Brownsville, TX.
Alexandria, VA-To deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Dolly, which is has already started to make landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is gearing up its response efforts, collaborating with the local Catholic Charities agency and the Diocese of Brownsville to preposition supplies and prepare to open shelters if needed.
'Catholic Charities USA is working with Catholic Social Services to ensure our network's response will be aiding the most vulnerable populations, including a large migrant population, in the impacted areas,' said Kim Burgo, …
Catholic Charities USA is collecting financial donations to help communities recover from the damage brought on by violent storms and at least one tornado that ripped through central Florida this morning. Donations will be used to fund Catholic Charities of Orlando's recovery efforts.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Orlando is coordinating its response efforts with FEMA, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and other local agencies.
Alexandria, VA - In the year since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast, more than one million hurricane victims have received assistance by the Catholic Charities network. As hundreds of thousands of evacuees were forced to evacuate and were unable to return home for months on end, more than 110 Catholic Charities in the Gulf Coast and well beyond have reached out to help and comfort those in desperate need.
Catholic Charities Gives Congress Recommendations on Helping Gulf Coast Rebuild from 2005 Hurricanes; Leading social service and disaster response network also urges Congress to take steps to ensure that the federal government is better prepared for next major disaster
Alexandria, VA -More than 300,000 victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita-including 87,000 children and 10,000 seniors-have received assistance by the Catholic Charities network, with aid to Gulf Coast residents coming from as far away as Maine and Washington State.
To date, Catholic Charities USA has allocated more than $69 million to 76 local Catholic Charities agencies and other Catholic organizations responding to the needs of families affected by the hurricanes.
New Orleans, LA -- Volunteers organized by Catholic Charities of New Orleans' community outreach program, Operation Helping Hands, are about to gut their 125th home in flood-ravaged New Orleans with the Ash Wednesday clean-up of the New Orleans home of 85 year-old Hurricane Katrina victim, Clothilde Mack.
The work is being done in the unusual coincidence of the six-month anniversary of the hurricane and celebration of Mardi Gras.
Passes $100 Million Mark in Donations
Alexandria, VA -- To date, Catholic Charities USA has allocated more than $36 million to 58 local Catholic Charities and other Catholic organizations responding to the needs of families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Catholic Charities USA has raised a record $101 million to assist in what will be the network's largest disaster response effort in its history.
Catholic Charities agencies nationwide are working to meet the immediate needs of hurricane victims, as well as planning long-term recovery efforts. Click on a state to read a snapshot of these local efforts.
Catholic Community Services of Baton Rouge, LA (Updated Oct. 17) Catholic Community Services continues to partner with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New Orleans which has been welcomed in Baton Rouge since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast.
Washington, DC -- Speaking today before the first-ever meeting of Congress' Bipartisan Working Group on Disaster Recovery and Response, Candy Hill, senior vice president for social policy for Catholic Charities USA, urged the federal government to improve coordination, provide flexibility, and ensure fairness when responding to those in need following a disaster.
The working group, which is co-chaired by Rep. Robert Ney (R-OH-18) and Rep.