Disaster Relief Services
In September of 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast and changed many lives in an instant. At that time, Catholic Charities stepped in to serve those affected. An estimated 3,100 people relocated to Oregon -- the influx was a microcosm of New Orleans: homeowners and welfare recipients, scientists and salesmen, some Latino and white, most African-American.
Staff members found housing for many of those evacuees, starting with motels and moving to permanent or temporary housing. In addition, staff members assisted evacuees in finding jobs and navigating through the Federal Emergency Management Administration system in receiving their assistance on time.
The Hurricane Katrina assistance program officially operated through June 30, 2007.
In late 2007 and early 2008, Catholic Charities also sprang into action to assist local Oregon residents that were victims of excessive flooding and displaced from their homes.
As an active member of ORVOAD (Oregon Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), Catholic Charities is prepared to step in as an "early responder" in the case of a future disaster.