Community needs continue to grow in these difficult times. The relief provided to Southwest Alabama comes from generous individual and corporate donations help change lives in Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington Counties.
The Southwest Alabama Long-term Recovery Organization, established by Mobile County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (MOB-VOAD) by resolution, was established to assist residents in Mobile, Washington, Clarke and potentially Escambia Counties in Alabama.
Each year, 211 receives over 250,000 requests for transportation assistance. On average, 25% of those requests cannot be supported using existing community resources. Closing transportation gaps is critical for securing employment, accessing medical care, obtaining healthy food, and escaping emergencies and crises.
We continue our United Way of Southwest Alabama Safety Net Series with Sickle Cell Disease Association. Aleida Johnson and Laventrice Ridgeway joined Joe and Chelsey on Studio10 with details about the association and how they help others.
Family Promise of Coastal Alabama has offered emergency shelter, affordable housing and other housing solutions to families experiencing homelessness since 2003. They galvanize groups and congregations around the county to address family homelessness in a compassionate manner.
A charter member of Volunteers of America, VOASE provides services across Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia. In addition to intellectual and developmental disabilities programs, VOASE serves veterans, low income seniors, children and youth, homeless, and people with addictive diseases and mental illness.
Mobile County CASA screens, trains and supervises qualified, court-appointed, volunteers who advocate for the best interest of children and youth who are before the court due to abuse and neglect. Our hope for the future is that every abused and/or neglected child will have a CASA volunteer who will advocate for the child’s right to a safe, loving, permanent home.
The Learning Tree is a nonprofit organization providing residential, educational and behavioral services to children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, including autism in Mobile, Anniston, Auburn, Birmingham, Montgomery and Tallassee.
The South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (SAVLP) facilitates the provision of pro bono legal assistance by volunteer lawyers to low-income clients in Baldwin, Clarke, Mobile, and Washington Counties.
We continue our United Way of Southwest Alabama Safety Net Series with Gulf Regional Early Childhood Services. Joe spoke to Allison Goff who is the Early Learning Career Center Director and Shajuane Cook who is the ERSEA Coordinator.
Jessica Odom, Executive Director of The Arc of Southwest Alabama joined us on Studio10 to tell us about the great services provided by The Arc of Southwest Alabama and how they are helped by the United Way.
We continue our United Way of Southwest Alabama Safety Net Series with UCP of Mobile. It has been an integral part of the Mobile community for over 65 years. Throughout south and central Alabama, children and adults with a variety of disabilities turn to UCP for assistance.
We continue our United Way of Southwest Alabama Safety Net Series with AltaPointe Health. Joe spoke with Child Psychiatrist, Edgar Finn, M.D. about the importance of mental health in children during the COVID-19 Pandemic.