Filling basic needs like preparing and distributing meals and setting up emergency shelters in the immediate aftermath of a disaster is what the American Red Cross is best known for. Less well-known, but no less important, is the continued care for those affected that can last for weeks and even months after disaster strikes. “I…… Continue reading Caring For The Community
Pat Krebs is a Disaster Mental Health and Spiritual Care volunteer with the American Red Cross. She is a board-certified chaplain and a licensed clinical counselor with years of professional experience. Pat put her skills to work recently when the Red Cross opened a shelter for residents affected by an apartment fire. Over the course…… Continue reading Leading With Her Heart
They told their stories in the warmth and safety of the Dodge Recreation Center, where the American Red Cross opened a shelter after a fire displaced residents of a Westside apartment complex on the last day of January. At least two dozen people lived in at the shelter at various points during the week it…… Continue reading A Roof Over Their Heads
When John Fraley of Canal Winchester, Columbus, Ohio, got the call, he had to be ready to answer. “They called me at nine o’clock at night, and I was on a plane by nine o’clock the next morning,” John said. He arrived the next day to a Red Cross operations center one-half mile from the…… Continue reading Ready at a Moment’s Notice
The fire started on a frigid January day with a spark in the chimney, leaving a gap to the outside and the home temporarily unlivable. Paul King and Mariah Bazile, disaster service workers with the American Red Cross, were there to make a tough situation easier. They listened. They offered blankets and clean-up kits, financial…… Continue reading Prevent a Home Fire This Winter!
It all started around 9 a.m. on November 16, when Scott Rhinehart’s fiancée woke up to the smell of smoke and the screech of smoke alarms. Unable to get out of the upstairs bedroom, she had to wait for the fire department to get a ladder and rescue her. Breaking down the door and spraying…… Continue reading Undaunted
You’re a college student looking for an internship to build your resume. You like your current job, but you feel drawn to “give back” to your community. You’re a retiree with decades of work experience and want to share it through volunteer service. Whatever your current situation, the American Red Cross offers dozens of opportunities…… Continue reading Give a Little, Get a Lot!