Five nonprofit agencies are working together to guide people through the long-term recovery process following the storms that ripped through central Oklahoma in May.
“This is a huge partnership going on between these five agencies,” said Ken Garcia, American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma spokesman. “While we may be spearheading it, we're all definitely working together … by doing this we are making sure that no gaps are there and everyone is getting the help they need and it is going across all of Oklahoma.”
The Oklahoma Disaster Recovery Project is a collaboration between the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Oklahoma United Methodist Church and Salvation Army.
As part of the collaboration, three recovery centers — one each in Moore, Shawnee and El Reno — will offer long-term case management. The centers are expected to remain opened anywhere from one to two years, depending on the needs of the areas, Garcia said.
“Those offices will be serving all of the communities that were impacted,” Garcia said.
“The clients we are helping do not have to come to these offices,” Garcia said. “Our case managers will actually be able to visit with them and meet with them in a more convenient location.”
All case managers from the five agencies have received the same training through the Oklahoma United Methodist Church using policies and procedures Catholic Charities has used in the past, said Patrick Raglow, Catholic Charities executive director.
“It is our experience and our belief that a case-managed recovery is a more effective recovery over time,” Raglow said. “Most people, across the United States, are not disaster survivors. They have never asked for help a day in their lives and so it's a little alien to them.”
It is our experience and our belief that a case-managed recovery is a more effective recovery over time. Most people, across the United States, are not disaster survivors. They have never asked for help a day in their lives and so it's a little alien to them.”
Catholic Charities executive director