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Long-Term Recovery Team news

Special to The Star

The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team and the communities of Gulf County welcome the Disaster Service Corp. SVDP-USA ( St. Vincent DePaul USA), recently awarded a contract by the state to provide disaster case management to multiple counties impacted by Hurricane Michael.

The selection of St. Vincent de Paul and its arrival was set back due to a lengthy delay in federal approval for the most recent hurricane relief package, but the group is here and available to work with individuals who still need help recovering from the 2018 disaster.

DSC SVDP USA is one of the oldest charities to assist in disaster relief and one of the founding members of the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, also known as NVOAD. This organization has worked in numerous other disasters such as Harvey, Maria, Sandy, Irma, the California Wildfires, and now Michael. They are in eight regions throughout the United States with an international branch in Paris, France.

The organization not only works hand-in-hand with the long-term recovery groups but also works with organizations such as Red Cross, Salvation Army, FEMA, UMCOR, other NVOAD organizations, and organizations like Goods360. They are skilled in identifying resources for their clients as well as assisting their clients through programs such as the House in a Box program, economic recovery program, disaster grants, and even various gift cards.

In addition to Gulf County the organization was awarded contracts by the state to service 10 other counties for the Hurricane Michael disaster including: Franklin, Gadsden, Leon, Liberty, Taylor, Wakulla, Calhoun, Holmes, Jackson, Washington.

DSC SVDP started to receive cases in mid-December and set up a main office at the First Presbyterian Church at 508 16th St in Port St. Joe. They are currently accepting cases and meeting clients at the main office in addition to satellite offices at the Gulf County Library and 360 Storage on 141 Commerce Blvd 151E. There are 3-4 disaster case managers currently working cases as well as a cost construction analyst to perform property damage assessments.

The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team is still your one-stop shop to request assistance. They work with all the disaster case management organizations to coordinate support. If you are in need of assistance, the Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team encourages you to contact us via email at cgcrecoveryteam@gmail.com or call 270-8911. If you wish to donate money to support recovery projects, you can mail a check made out to Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team and mail it to PO Box 1104 Port St. Joe FL 32457 or text recovergulf to 41444.