Ford Motor Company presented Catholic Charities USA with a new Mobile Response Center, which is used to bring relief to people experiencing a disaster. The van is wheelchair accessible, has air conditioning, a phone charging station, and lighting—all incredibly helpful for people attempting to reconnect with families and recover.

The Mobile Response Center has already responded to its first call for help by assisting Hurricane Harvey victims in Houston, TX, and is expected to then head to those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

When not responding to a disaster, this van will be shared by Catholic Charities with the Diocese of Arlington, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Mobile Response Center will allow us to share our services with many people who may not have had easy access to them in the past. We will meet people where they are. We will go out into the streets and truly make a difference.

(Mobile Response Unit offloading supplies in Houston, TX to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey)

 

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Want to donate or volunteer to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma disasters?

Catholic Charities USA coordinates domestic disaster response on behalf of all Catholic Charities and the USCCB. Your donation to CCUSA’s Disaster fund supports disaster response and recovery efforts including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services.

Usually, emergency response organizations will discourage volunteers due to the burden on already devastated infrastructures, airports, etc. Here is a great guideline for things to consider before volunteering to assist in post-disaster relief.