For many flood victims in Northwest Missouri, finding the right resources can be a struggle in itself. That’s why this week the Red Cross has hosted several Multi-Agency Resource Centers to lead them in the right direction.
According to JoAnn Woody, external relations program manager for the Red Cross, said this was a chance for those in need to find all their resources in one space.
“Having all of the agencies together under one roof means that people don’t have to take time out of work or away from their recovery process where they’re cleaning up or trying to figure out what’s next,” Woody said. “They don’t have to worry about going from agency to agency in their offices. They don’t have to go across state or across town. They can literally come here and figure out who they need to talk to, and we actually have ambassadors who will help them through that process.”
A MARC was held in St. Joseph on Tuesday. The Second Harvest Community Food Bank was one local agency that attended the St. Joseph event to assist with SNAP applications and give out personal hygiene items.
“Now, especially at this time with what they’re going through, they don’t have to worry about going and buying these products, so we have them here to hand out,” Lona Morgan said.
Deb Hendricks, the state volunteer coordinator for the State Emergency Management Agency, said that those who have been affected should try to get every resource they can.
“MARCs are probably one of the best ways we have found to help people get into recovery,” Hendricks said. “Locals often do resource fairs ... but just because you’ve been to a resource fair doesn’t mean you don’t need to come to the MARC as well.”
The next MARC is scheduled for today at the Mound City R-2 school, located at 708 Nebraska St. The MARC will take place from noon to 7 p.m. and is open to anyone who is a victim of flooding, regardless of what county they live in.