Disaster Times – Minot, February 15, 2012
Lutheran Social Services Lutheran Disaster Response
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Priorities: We need volunteers in construction to assist in the preparation of scopes of work and estimates of the cost to rebuild flood damaged homes, electricians to do residential electrical work, and case managers to identify needs and connect people with financial assistance and advocate on behalf of families affected by the flood.
Numbers: Total number of jobs pending in February: 127 Volunteers in February: 4 Number of volunteer hours to date for February: 107.5 Number of houses: 1
Ongoing need: Volunteers to help feed our volunteers are always in demand until April 2nd when Hope village opens.
Web site: www.hopevillagend.org is the one-stop place for the most current information on what is happening in the rebuild effort in Minot.
We will be seeking volunteers to assist in the actual setup of the physical pieces: setting up bunks, cleanup of trailers, getting the Village ready for volunteer occupancy. March 24 would be the first workday! Mark your calendars.
AN URGENT APPEAL FOR
Flood victims need your help! In order to prepare flood-impacted families for the summer rebuilding programs, 25 additional case managers are urgently needed. A Case Manager walks flood survivors through the rebuild/recovery journey. Working in cooperation with faith-based and community-based agencies, as well as the Souris Valley Long-Term Recovery Committee, each Case Manager plays a critical part in the recovery of a family’s home and their life! Case Management is a practical way to transmit compassion and genuine assistance to those in need. Training and ongoing support is provided. Your help is critical. Find out more.
For further information about this well-organized and effective program, contact Pastor Debra Ball-Kilbourne, Vincent United Methodist Church at 701.838.4425.
Training for new case managers will be offered on Monday, February 20, 2012
What Does a Case Manager Do?
• Following the application stage, help clients develop a recovery plan by jointly reviewing the assistance they have received, identifying any unmet urgent needs, and determining possible sources or gaps in resources.
• Refer the client to another program or agency when appropriate.
• Follow up with other agencies to assure that assistance commitments have been met.
• Remain in contact with the client until the disaster-related needs are met and/or the case is closed.
• Close or refer the case when no more can be accomplished, being certain to take time for closure with the individual or family.
• Keep detailed records of every case, home visits, referrals and contacts with resources on client’s behalf.
• Network with other agencies to stay informed about services and resources.
• Respect confidentiality at all times.
• Attend training and weekly support sessions.
• Enable clients to take responsibility for their recovery, acting as advocate and facilitator as opposed to rescuer.