Check out WGBY’s video on the work Higher Ground has been doing.
Higher Ground’s Casework Coordinator Susan Puddester is looking for more volunteers:
As a result of Tropical Storm Irene, 225 families were displaced, if not specifically from their homes, from their community. These individuals, who had typically been independent, are having to navigate State codes for their damaged dwellings, FEMA and SBA to help with housing, lodging and personal replacement funding. It is a very complicated and confusing process. Many still have unmet needs.
The case management volunteers work with individuals to partner with them on their road to recovery, by advocacy, emotional support, intervention, and by assisting them in accessing appropriate services. No experience is necessary. There will be a two day training in Bennington Vermont, provided by UMCOR(United Methodist Church Disaster Relief Organization) on January 9 and 10. It is a thorough, comprehensive training, that is great in general for your personal life skills.
Case managers work in pairs and have access to a case management supervisor, and weekly meetings. Please consider offering you time to help these individuals through their recovery process.
To get involved, please contact Susan Puddester at 410-562-6022.