Of the approximately 600 residential fires in Shreveport each year, 30-40% result in the occupants being displaced for five days or more. About half of these people have no place to go and no way to replace basic items of everyday life such as toiletries, linens, a phone book, funds for a place to stay, and a resource guide to social services in the area. There is no agency in Shreveport-Bossier City that responds to individual residential fires to provide supplies for immediate needs. That's where the Fire Recovery Ministry comes into play: while firefighters are still at the fire, the FRM is contacted by the fire department and dispatches the "on call" family with a plastic storage box containing the supplies a family of four needs to "make it through the night" and begin the next day.
Interested in signing up to be "on call" or in donating to the Fire Recovery Ministry? Contact Mary Gurski (318-865-8414) for more information.