Multi-Agency Resource Center to open in Oak Grove after tornado

A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) for those affected by the tornado that struck the Oak Grove, Mo.,  area will open at the First Baptist Church Youth Center, located across the street from the church at 400 SE 14th St.

The MARC will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 10, and also from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., on Saturday, March 11.

Proof of address is required to receive available services and referrals. Child care will be available at the MARC for those seeking assistance.

Affected residents can request such services as debris removal, insurance and legal information, food stamp replacement, emergency financial assistance, health and wellness referrals.OAK4

People also can contact the Disaster Distress Helpline operated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to talk to trained crisis counselors by calling 1-800-985-5990, or text the word “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

The MARC is being coordinated by the American Red Cross and its partner Catholic Charities along with the City of Oak Grove.

Red Cross caseworkers will be meeting with affected residents to help them in their recovery process and connect with other resources they might need.

A Volunteer Reception Center is operating at New Life, 801 SW 1st St. for those who want to assist in the recovery effort with such things as debris removal. For more information, contact United Way 2-1-1.

Those who would like to contribute to the Red Cross can go to redcross.org, call 1-800-REDCROSS, or text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. These donations help provide food, shelter, clean-up and relief supplies and emotional support for those affected by disasters.

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