The American Red Cross ran a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) at our Green Bay, Wisconsin office on April 29th. This is the second in the state and the first following a large- scale apartment building fire. MARC is a collaboration of private and public agencies that come together and provide assistance in one convenient location. In a comfortable setting, victims of disasters learn and share what resources are available, help them receive assistance and take one giant step closer to recovery.
With the help of bi-lingual volunteers, we helped disaster clients create personal recovery plans, navigate paperwork and locate assistance for their specific disaster-caused needs. Representatives from government, non-profit, and religiously-affiliated disaster relief organizations included:
- American Red Cross
- Salvation Army
- Vincent DePaul
- Green Bay & Brown County Housing Authority
- First United Methodist
- Brown County Human Services
- Crisis Center
- Head Start
- Register of Deeds
- Preble High School Culinary Program served an amazing meal
Agencies in the MARC are vetted and their staff and volunteers adhere to high ethical standards to maintain the confidentiality and dignity of the clients. A verification system was implemented to confirm those who have been affected by the disaster. (click for WBAY-TV 2 , WFRV-TV 5 , Fox 11 and NBC26 video coverage)
The intentions of a MARC is to save the clients time, money and gas as there is no need to go from one organization to the next. Each client leaves with real assistance – some even received first months rental assistance and confirmation they could start moving into a new apartment later that same day after meeting with agencies! By the end of the day, 12 of the 16 families had confirmed new housing arrangements!
The mother who could now replace her son’s eye glasses was thrilled, the Red Cross would replace them at no cost. With the service, he will also have a complimentary eye exam. “He’ll be a better student when he can see again,” she exclaimed. For all the families, referrals for on-going services, bring them deeper into the recovery process and provide a little piece of mind.
The Danz Elementary School has served as the overnight shelter, provided food, snacks and hope for nearly 70-people after their apartment building fire earlier in the week.
Filed under: Disaster Services | Tagged: 2-1-1 Crisis Center, American Red Cross, Brown County Housing Authority, Brown County Human Services, Danz Ave, Danz Elementary School, fire, First United Methodist, Green Bay, Head Start, MARC, Preble High School Culinary Program, Red Cross, Register of Deeds, Salvation Army, Vincent DePaul Green Bay |