Apartment Fire Update

Greater Ozarks Chapter-Joplin Office
410 S. Jackson
Joplin, MO  64801
417-624-4411
landwerk@redcross-ozarks.org
NEWS RELEASE
August 24, 2010
Red Cross Apartment Fire Update
Joplin, MO
Red Cross volunteers established a service center on Tuesday to meet with families effected by the August 23rd fire at the Oxford Apartments and have opened 24 cases so far.  Volunteers will be available from 9am until 5pm on Wednesday, August 25 at the Independent Living Center offices located at 2639 E. 34th Street in Joplin.  The Newton County Family Support Division will be at the service center to assist those who lost food stamps in the fire. 
Thursday, August 26, caseworkers will move to the Chapter office located at 410 S. Jackson in Joplin, between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm.   Those needing further assistance may contact the office at 417-624-4411.  
Volunteers will continue to operate the shelter at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church on 26th Street in Joplin through Tuesday night (August 24).  The Red Cross will then reassess the need for sheltering services and our caseworkers will continue to work with fire victims to meet recovery needs.
The American Red Cross relies upon highly trained volunteers to respond to disasters such as this in our community.  Those wishing to learn more about volunteer opportunities may attend a free orientation on Saturday, September 11, 9am- 1pm at the Red Cross office.  To register, call the office at 417-624-4411.
Financial contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may mailed to the Joplin Office of the American Red Cross at 410 S. Jackson, Joplin, MO  64804.
           
Help people affected by disasters like apartment fires by donating to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters. Your gift enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, emotional support and other assistance to victims of all disasters. Call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

Kerstin Landwer
Executive Director of Development
American Red Cross
Greater Ozarks Chapter
410 S. Jackson
Joplin, MO  64801
(417)624-4411
(417)624-2391 fax


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