More than 300 people attended United Way’s Community Resource Drop-in Center on Saturday, August 16 for hot meals, food staples, basic needs assistance, and activities for the children. Families came with stories of feeling trapped inside their own homes, of trying to put their kids to bed to the sounds of horns blaring and voices over megaphones, of losing jobs because they couldn’t get to work, of being under constant stress.
United Way, American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Salvation Army and others were there to listen, offer assistance, and provide some needed relief.
For the remainder of the week, United Way is leading a collaborative effort of agencies to provide on-site resources to residents starting Wednesday, August 20. The Community Resource Drop-in Center will be open to residents for four hours a day and will provide food and other essentials as well as counseling and other services.
It’s in the spirit of helping people that we move forward in a coordinated effort to help our community heal.