For many tornado survivors across Alabama, the support of case managers has been a key to finding help. For the Community Foundation, the case management process also has been vital to making most effective use of limited dollars available through our recovery funds. So we were glad to learn about $12.5 million now available for case management across the state, related to the April 2011 storms.
Thanks to the federal dollars coming to the Governor’s Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives, case managers across Alabama can be supported for an additional 15 months, starting now. Additional case managers make sure that the needs of individuals and families are heard, especially in rural areas where such services may have been limited in the past.
“Our previous work in responding to natural disasters showed that case managers play such an important role in helping survivors make a plan to rebuild their lives and livelihoods,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives. “When people are in shock, their homes and communities destroyed, a case manager can help them make a plan to move forward and plug them into a lot of different resources.”
In the early stages of recovery from tornadoes in 2011, agencies such as Salvation Army and Red Cross provided case management, sometimes on a volunteer basis. The Community Foundation and other funders also supported case managers as part of our commitment to this proven method of identifying needs and presenting those needs to Long Term Recovery Committees across our state.
Additional case managers will help us all make progress toward meeting the needs of people who are still suffering. The January 2012 storms remind us that volunteers and dollars are still needed and that, together, we can make a difference.
Thank you to everyone who has made a gift of any size for tornado recovery. Learn more about our response and continued needs.