Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (DPRS) is a holistic program designed to address the immediate and long-term needs of victims of natural disasters. Trained case managers provide relief in the form of financial and material aid, employment assistance, long-term recovery plan development, and help finding temporary and permanent housing. The heart of this program lies in long-term case management, in which clients receive one-on-one assistance in navigating the complexities of insurance matters, working with builders and contractors, and other areas that help them recover. In the last 3 years, DPRS managed the relief efforts for the tornadoes that tragically struck the Rowlett and Garland area, and again when tornadoes destroyed parts of Van Zandt County and the city of Canton. Additionally, our program has served over 1000 individuals displaced by Hurricane Harvey that remained in the Dallas area. We work closely with the Catholic Charities USA, the City of Dallas, the Society of Vincent de Paul, and with other community partners to determine the availability of resources and programs to best help clients start a new chapter in their lives. DPRS also trains volunteers and partners throughout the Diocese of Dallas to be adequately prepared prior to a disaster by developing emergency response plans and having resources on hand at their sites.

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