Short-term recovery efforts by BPSOS staff members like those pictured to the right are giving way to a much more far-reaching program.
July 13, 2009: For the survivors of last year’s Hurricane Ike, the third-most destructive storm ever to make landfall in the United States, more help and resources are on the way!
BPSOS’ Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) has opened three new satellite locations (one in Port Arthur, one in southeast Houston, and one next door to our Houston branch) to serve the many people in the Vietnamese-American community and beyond who are still struggling to make ends meet.
“We are very excited to start serving Hurricane Ike survivors in the Texas Gulf Coast,” said Danielle Bolks, DCMP director. “Our goal is to handle over 2,500 cases in nine months, so there’s lots of work to be done!”
Two more satellite offices, one in Bacliff and one in southwest Houston, are slated to open by the end of July.
At present, the DCMP’s services are available in six different counties throughout Texas. To see a county map, click here.
“As of today, we have hired 51 new employees, and everyone has been training at the Houston branch office,” added Bolks.
BPSOS is extremely grateful for the support of the long-term recovery funders, including Neighborhood Centers Inc., Lutheran Social Services Disaster Response through the RISE Program, and the Texas Access to Justice Foundation.