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Red Cross shelter/meal site moved to former hospital; Resources open house set for Saturday

The Red Cross emergency shelter and meal site is now located at 1111 West Kimberly Rd, Davenport.
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The Red Cross emergency shelter and meal site is now located at 1111 West Kimberly Rd, Davenport.

Volunteers continue to serve people who lost their homes when The Davenport apartment building collapsed over the weekend.

More than 50 tenants who lived in the building have lost almost everything.

Brian Williamsen, from the local chapter of the Red Cross, says so far people have stayed overnight at the emergency shelter 14 times. And volunteers have served more than 80 meals. Medical and mental health care are also available.

"If you wanted to discuss what's happened, how you're feeling, how you're doing, those mental health services are there as well, and health services. Perhaps someone has lost a prescription or whatnot. We can try to connect you with that as well. And then people are there really to listen as well if you do need someone to talk to."

The Red Cross has moved the shelter and meal site from CASI to the former Select Specialty Hospital building on West Kimberly at Marquette. Williamsen says people who stay overnight will now have their own rooms with bathrooms.

"Even if an individual who was impacted by this partial building collapse maybe does not wish to spend the night, it is, of course, very warm outside. So they are encouraged to even just come to the shelter just to cool off for a little while. You can charge your phone while you're there."

On Saturday, the Red Cross, non-profits, and other groups invite survivors of the partial building collapse to a resource open house.

The organizations will provide resources and information to help them recover from the disaster.

People who plan to apply for financial assistance should bring documents to show proof of address and a photo I.D.

The Multi-Agency Resource Center open house will be held at the downtown Davenport YMCA on East 4th Street. Hours will be 10 am until 4 pm on Saturday.

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