By Katie Scarvey, Lutheran Services Carolinas
Lutheran Services Carolinas has received a grant of $238,892 from Lutheran Disaster Response to provide disaster case management in the South Carolina counties of Richland and Lexington, which sustained heavy damage from the flood caused by Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. The grant will be used to provide two case managers for two years to serve an estimated 180 households with pending FEMA registrations. Services provided will include assistance in securing housing, connecting to benefits and other resources, and facilitating housing repairs.
Lutheran Services Carolinas is currently involved in the Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) for Richland and Lexington counties. Disaster case managers will coordinate with this group, as well as the Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) case management task force, the Coordinated Assistance Network (CAN) system for case referrals, the South Carolina Synod, and Lutheran Disaster Response. Case managers will also work with an alliance formed of other faith-based agencies across the state, including the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and St. Vincent DePaul, to help facilitate case management.
As the two-year period ends in the summer of 2018, LSC will continue to assess need and will seek charitable donations from individuals, businesses, places of worship and foundations to extend case management services beyond the grant period if needed.
Lutheran Services Carolinas (LSC) is a nonprofit ministry that provides an array of child and family services in North and South Carolina as well as senior services in North Carolina. To learn more, go to www.lscarolinas.net. Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) provides long-term assistance to those affected by disaster. To learn more, go to www.ELCA.org.