JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — The Southeast Texas Emergency Relief Fund (SETERF), also known as Jefferson County Long-Term Recovery, is joining forces with several organizations to host a 'Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC). Saturday, more than 30 agencies will be available to answer questions and sign flood victims up for help.
Those living in Jefferson County seeking help with clean-up, rebuilding, mental health, or immediate need assistance can stop by the Beaumont Civic Center, 701 Main Street in downtown Beaumont, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Those who plan to stop by will need to bring proof of address, like a utility bill or lease agreement, and proof of ID, like a drivers license.
The one-stop-shop will be a place where those impacted by Imelda can find everything they might need under one roof. Alana Crooks is the volunteer coordinator with the Jefferson County Long-Term Recovery group. She said when disasters hit, they make sure everyone knows what to do.
"A lot of times, people don't know what to do after a disaster comes in and hits them, they're just going frantic," Crooks explained.
The MARC event will hold all the answers. People can find home clean-up assistance, rebuilding help and mental health services. They'll also have basic necessities like food and cleaning supplies for distribution. For example, agencies like FEMA, the Census Bureau, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and other religious organizations will all be present, just to name a few.
"What we're trying to do is make sure you get everything in line to make sure that you can receive all the resources and all the funds that you need," Crooks said.
John Rollins is with the United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County, one of the many agencies that will be at the MARC event. He said oftentimes, resources are all in different locations.
"You know you go here for cleaning supplies, you go here for clean-up help, you go here for the rebuild," Rollins explained.
Instead, Saturday Jefferson County residents can find everything under one roof. Working together, according to Rollins, is one of the most valuable resources the groups can offer.
"They'll pray with you, they'll talk with you, and they're here to help," Rollins said, "Financially, man power, whatever they can do to give back to our community in this time where we're really hurting."
If you miss out on the event, but still need assistance, you can contact the Jefferson County Long-Term Recovery Fund at (409) 240-0331.