Preparing for When Disaster Strikes
As of July 1, 2020, Lutheran Social Services will no longer host the Ohio Disaster Services program. Currently, we along with Lutheran Disaster Response – US are actively looking for another agency to host the program.
As part of the Lutheran Social Services’ Network of Hope, our mission is to create a better world by serving people in need. We live out our faith by assisting those impacted by disasters and preparing communities to effectively respond and prepare for them.
Marge is an 80 year old widow with a disabled, adult son. When four feet of flood water went through Marge’s home, they lost everything. Not knowing where to turn, Marge paid a company to repair her home. Unfortunately the company did not adequately repair the house, leaving it still uninhabitable. Marge was left paying the mortgage on the flooded home and rent for an apartment while her home was being repaired. With nowhere else to turn, she applied to a governmental rental assistance program four times but received no aid.
With the guidance of a LSS Disaster Services staff member, Marge was able to file an appeal with the rental assistance program and soon received support. Meanwhile, LSS, along with other local organizations, rebuilt Marge’s home and furnished it. Without the aid of LSS, Marge would not be comfortably settled back in her home.
Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio is a United Way agency, a member of Lutheran Services in America and a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
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