After providing hundreds of overnight shelter stays for people across Central Texas in the three weeks since the Memorial Weekend floods, the American Red Cross is closing its final shelter at Owen Goodnight Middle School in San Marcos on Monday morning. Anyone still in need of a safe place to stay will be referred to the Southside Community Center in San Marcos.
In coordination with many nonprofit and government partners, Red Cross caseworkers are working one-on-one with the shelter residents to help them move forward in their recovery process. So far the Red Cross has opened more than 700 cases for families in the area that are receiving individual recovery assistance for things like food, clothing, infant supplies, transportation, health and emotional health services and more.
“We know that there is a long road ahead for the thousands of people who have been impacted by the floods across Texas,” said Marty McKellips, CEO of the American Red Cross Central and South Texas Region. “Our staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to meet their immediate needs so far, and the closing of the shelter is an important marker as we transition into long term recovery. We plan to stick with these families as long as possible to help them get back on their feet.”
In the past several weeks since the severe storm outbreak hit Texas, more than 1,900 trained Red Cross disaster responders have helped families in 130 counties in the state. Red Cross workers have opened more than 51 shelters in Texas for people needing a safe place to stay; served more than 205,000 meals and snacks; distributed more than 107,500 relief items; provided more than 2,700 health services consultations for things like replacement medications and eyeglasses; and performed more than 5,200 mental health consultations.
The Southside Community Center is making special accommodations for people needing shelter following the floods. Families transitioning to the Community Center are asked to bring their FEMA case number when they check in.
Anyone in need of Red Cross disaster assistance is encouraged to call the statewide hotline at 877-500-8645. To help the Red Cross respond to this and other disasters big and small, visit redcross.org/donate or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.