Trained American Red Cross volunteers are in the initial phase of meeting the immediate emergency needs of clients across central and south central parts of Missouri affected by recent flooding.
Client casework volunteers, those who evaluate needs, provide services and maintain client records, met with individuals in Phelps, Pulaski, Miller, Camden, Osage and Gasconade counties this past weekend.
Volunteers working out of the Heart of Missouri Chapter headquarters in Jefferson City and those stationed in Pulaski County have opened 16 initial cases in the six counties.
There have been seven in Pulaski County, three in Osage County; two in Miller County, two in Camden County, one in Phelps County and one in Gasconade County near the Osage County line.
Red Cross volunteers evaluate the immediate emergency needs in each case and provide financial resources for the clients to meet those needs.
Volunteers will continue meeting with clients as needed.
A Multi-Agency Relief Center is scheduled to begin operations at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Westside Baptist Church, 801 Historic Route 66 West in Waynesville.
The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. It is available to everyone affected by the recent flooding. Residents need to bring a proof of address.
Agencies scheduled to have a presence at the relief center include the Red Cross, Good Samaritan, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Convoy of Hope and many other local state and human services organizations.
The center will focus on long-term needs of the community as individuals and families begin the recovery process.