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DRRO to provide assistance to flood victims Feb. 15

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - Updated: 11:34 AM


C-S-E Editor

FORT PLAIN -- On Saturday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m., case workers from the Catholic Charities of Montgomery and Herkimer Counties' Disaster Response and Recovery Offices will be available to meet with flood victims at the Reformed Church of Fort Plain, 165 Canal St.

The DRRO's primary job will be to identify each person or family's primary concerns and urgent needs related to the flood. They utilize their knowledge and connections  to seek out various resources that people might not be aware are available to them. With the knowledge a flood victim provides, the DRRO will try to fill in whatever shortfall remains between assistance received so far, and potential remaining assistance.

There will be at least two case workers available on Saturday, possibly three, and the day will be treated as an information intake opportunity. While anybody is invited and encouraged to attend Saturday's session, the goal of the event being held on a weekend is to facilitate those that have had a hard time seeking assistance on a weekday due to the restrictions of a full time job, for instance.

The weekend schedule will help people "speak with us on their terms," said Case Worker Brandon Ronca.

The intake process will take approximately a half hour to 45 minutes, and will be private, with personal information guarded to protect each individual.

Ronca said that if the response is great Saturday, there's potential to schedule more of these events in the area. He also noted that the DRRO doesn't strictly meet with people through events such as Saturday's intake session, they also schedule visits to peoples' homes, and have spent a significant amount of time locally following the June 28, 2013 flood.

Anybody is welcomed to stop by on Saturday, and Ronca said "all circumstances will be taken into consideration." Each individual situation affects the resources available, but the DRRO will open a case with anybody who wishes to utilize their assistance.

For more information, contact Ronca at 441-2435 or Pastor Nancy Ryan at 466-3340. There is no need to schedule an appointment.


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