Pearlie Olds usually takes care of her granddaughter during the summer in her Green Acres home in Birmingham, but had to move out after tornado damage to the roof left part of the home open to the rain. Like many tornado survivors, Mrs. Olds had no insurance and faced many challenges typical of low-income individuals and families.
She connected to resources by calling the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Center operated by United Way of Central Alabama. Thanks to rental assistance from the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee, she was able to move out while repairs were completed by Habitat for Humanity. Funds for materials came from several CALTRC partners.
“A lot of people are too proud to ask, especially if they didn’t get much help the first time,” said Mrs. Olds. She encourages others to report their needs through the case management system and connect through 2-1-1, because she knows that CALTRC partners are still looking for ways to put the gifts of generous people to work for tornado survivors.
Currently about 50 organizations are working with the CALTRC to assist survivors withunmet needs.
“We have a wonderful group of funders, case managers, faith-based and social services organizations, together with volunteers, all working together to expedite the recovery process,” said Harry Brown, CALTRC chair and Senior Vice President United Way of Central Alabama.
“Through our partnerships with community foundations, United Ways and Long Term Recovery Committees statewide, we know that needs are still great,” added Kate Nielsen, President of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. “Recovery is a long process, and the people of our state deserve continued support from all of us as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods.”