St. Joseph Church in Greensburg stands in ruins four days after the May 4, 2007 tornado destroyed much of the town. Catholic Social Service of the Diocese of Dodge City helped the town, as it has helped victims of natural disasters around the world, to rebuild.
Catholic Charities, CSS,
helps victims of natural disasters
Soon after the violent tornado struck Greensburg and the surrounding region in May 4, 2007, Catholic Social Service began working with other agencies to provide needed help.
“We primarily distributed the donations that were received through CSS and the diocese to help individuals build or repair homes when they had no other resources to do that,” commented CSS Executive Director, Debbie Snapp. “We worked with the South Central Kansas Tornado Recovery Organization (a part of the Kiowa Ministerial Alliance) to determine eligibility. We also used some of that money to help with emergency needs -- replacing eye glasses, prescriptions, etc….”
In late July, Catholic Charities, one of the major organizations providing relief to Gulf Coast residents impacted by the BP oil spill, reported that its agencies in the that region had provided services to more than 20,000 individuals and more than 7,000 families since the spill.
After the tornado and severe flooding in Rapid City, SD, Catholic Charities worked with residents from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. The majority of their residents do not have health insurance. Catholic Charities provided case management to more than 100 elders affected by the tornado, as well as food assistance and vouchers to women and children that were left homeless by the tornado.
Catholic Charities continues to work both in the United States and abroad, including, most recently, in Puerto Rico and American Samoa.