Quantcast

Quapaw residents find communal relief and shelter at temporary r - KOAM TV 7

Quapaw residents find communal relief and shelter at temporary resource center

Updated:
Quapaw resident Aletha Rodgers is eager for one thing. 

"Go back home," she said.

Rodgers and her husband Don were in their apartment when the tornado touched down behind their building. It spared their home, but not their electricity. 

"And we need electricity for his oxygen machine."

The couple is currently seeking power and shelter at the temporary resource center run by the American Red Cross.

Held at the Quapaw Tribal Center, volunteers from the Quapaw Tribe, Southern Baptist, Shriners and Integris are providing hot meals, warmth and shelter for those affected by the tornado.

"We'll be feeding a couple hundred people on the road and about that many here at the center," said Jim Sellers, American Red Cross Eastern Oklahoma Region.

According to Sellers, approximately 40 volunteers have offered their time since Sunday, some, he says, staying around the clock. 

The community center is a place of camaraderie. While there have been many many tears, there have also been many hugs and words of encouragement. 

"Don't lose hope and don't lose faith," said Rodgers.

 Sellers notes the communal help that has aided the endeavor of the American Red Cross.  

"Some people have been generous by bringing things in to us that we can turn around and give people some assistance with food as they begin their road to recovery."

As for Rodgers, she and her husband are grateful to be able to return to their home once power is restored, an option that others in Quapaw unfortunately do not have. 

"Because they've lost homes, lifetimes of memories, so, it hurts. It's hurting everybody."

Financial assistance will be provided at the facility tomorrow morning beginning at 10:00. Some of the agencies that will be on hand include The Salvation Army and Oklahoma Insurance Commission.


  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Trinity Circle Horses Healing Hearts Program Helps Trauma Sufferers Heal

    Trinity Circle Horses Healing Hearts Program Helps Trauma Sufferers Heal

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 8:02 PM EDT2014-07-31 00:02:45 GMT
    Coping with emotional trauma is a challenge for many, but an organization Newton County Missouri is hoping to raise money to continue to help heal those suffering with help from the wild.More >>
    Coping with emotional trauma is a challenge for many, but an organization Newton County Missouri is hoping to raise money to continue to help heal those suffering with help from the wild.
    More >>
  • CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    CHC/SEK and SEK-CAP Partnership to Offer Transportation for Patients

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:54 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:54:20 GMT
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.
    More >>
    The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) today announced a partnership with the Southeast Kansas Community Action Program (SEK-CAP) to offer rides for patients.

    More >>
  • Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Young Professionals Network Members Get Recycling Going at the Joplin High Construction Site

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-07-30 19:14:24 GMT
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
    The Young Professional Network, a subgroup of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce, is taking its mission of encouraging recycling to the Joplin High School construction site. The group arranged for four recycling bins to be placed on site so that furniture companies and other contractors can use them to dispose of cardboard. A large number of construction materials came to the site in boxes as is truckloads of new furnishings. YPN members say some bins get filled in a day and all four are emp...More >>
Powered by WorldNow

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.