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Updated: 10/12/2017 08:30:04AM

Catholic organization helps those needing hurricane recovery help

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SEBRING — Weeks after Hurricane Irma, people are still needing help with the recovery.

About 200 people within the past week have shown up at a Disaster Recovery Center set up by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul at a St. Catherine Catholic Church facility, 900 U.S. 27 North, near Kentucky Fried Chicken on U.S. 27, center director Tom Link said Wednesday.

Typically, its people who lost food during the storm and had substantial damage to their residences, with some of the structures being condemned, Link said.

“It’s anything you can think of,” he said.

The center has provided people with water, toiletries, clothes and MREs, he said.

A case coordinator is assigned to each person and that coordinator helps the people take the steps toward getting what they need to recover from the storm, he said.

“We help walk them through the process of getting them back to where they were before the disaster,” he said.

The center can’t help people with some major needs, such as housing, but can help them get to where they can receive assistance, he said.

The case coordinators and Link were brought in from outside the area. Link is a member of the society’s national Disaster Recovery Team. He lives north of Seattle.

Most of the other center volunteers are from South Florida, he said.

The center is open 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Friday.

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