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Catholic Charities Receives Long-Term Disaster Recovery Grant

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas recently received a $10,000 grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist those impacted by recent flooding in Southwest Kansas. On August 10, 2017, two storms moved through Seward County, dropping more than six inches of rain in 24 hours. About seventy homes received significant damage.

“Many of those who were affected are home owners, but they did not have flood insurance and they do not have the resources to repair their home, and make it safe and livable once again,” said Amy Falcon, Disaster Relief Case Manager. “We applied for assistance when we learned that this disaster did not qualify for FEMA relief; we always look for ways to fill the gaps during disasters in our communities.” . . . . 

Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas will use the grant money to provide long-term case management for individuals and families who are most in need. In addition to providing a single point of contact and support, Catholic Charities of Southwest Kansas is partnering with other local organizations and foundations with the goal of restoring homes affected by the flood. This includes short-term projects such as cleanup, carpeting, painting, repairs and replacing appliances, furniture and other household items that were destroyed by the flooding.

Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Catholic Charities supports disaster response and recovery efforts through training in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. In particular, agencies anticipate and respond to the elevated risks and challenges of vulnerable populations impacted by disasters. With a national reach through a local presence, Catholic Charities helps people through both the immediate and the long-term process of recovery and restoration.

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