BY KATHLEEN MCKIERNAN
CRANSTON – RI HOPE (Helping Other People in Emergencies), a new community program organized to help Rhode Islanders affected by the March flood is setting out to neighborhoods to provide outreach services. The program is a federal response to the presidential declaration of a disaster in Rhode Island.
RI HOPE is designed to empower those affected by the flooding of 2010 by educating them about common disaster reactions, teaching them coping skills, assessing them for individual needs, and linking them to appropriate community resources.
Program outreach workers currently are visiting affected neighborhoods and businesses across the state and speaking with individuals impacted by the disaster.
“We're visiting neighborhoods affected by the flood. We do it every day. We're meeting people at their homes. We've also been attending community events,” Deb Varga, the communications and community liaison for the program said.
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