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Family Assistance Center Extends Service Through Friday

Tuesday September 20, 2005

Louisville Metro Government and American Red Cross officials announced today that the Family Assistance Center set up at Louisville Gardens to assist displaced Gulf Coast residents will remain open at least through Friday.

The one-stop facility offering housing, job, health, social-security and other assistance services will be open Wednesday, Sept. 21 through Friday, Sept. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. Officials had planned to consolidate the center’s services at the Red Cross offices beginning Thursday, however the volume of Gulf Coast residents visiting the center at the Louisville Gardens has remained steady.

“Those people we’re seeing now are mostly return visitors seeking additional assistance, especially among those who are now planning to stay longer in our community,” said Joanne Weis, director of Louisville Metro’s Human Services department.
 
Weis said that many Gulf Coast residents planning to return home may have changed plans because of the approaching Hurricane Rita or news of continued difficulties with water contamination, communications, utilities and health-care infrastructure in the disaster zone.
 
Metro Government and the American Red Cross will re-evaluate the continued operation of the Family Assistance Center by Friday. The center is set up on the main floor of the Louisville Gardens, 525 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. For information, call MetroCall at 311 or (502) 574-5000.