By Katie Scarvey, Lutheran Services Carolinas

Lutheran Services Carolinas has hired two case managers to help with long-term disaster relief in South Carolina, thanks to a $238,892 grant from Lutheran Disaster Response.

Lavada Smith and Ashley McKee-Thompson will provide disaster case management for two years in the South Carolina counties of Richland and Lexington, which sustained heavy damage from the flood caused by Hurricane Joaquin in October 2015. Working out of LSC’s Columbia office, Smith and McKee-Thompson will 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 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 Lutheran Disaster Response (LDR) provides long-term assistance to those affected by disaster. To learn more, go to


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