GSO Tornado Relief: City Closing its Two Disaster Relief Centers; Shifting Focus to Long-Term Recovery

City Closing its Two Disaster Relief Centers; Shifting Focus to Long-Term Recovery

The City of Greensboro is closing its two Disaster Relief Centers this week as it transitions its focus from tornado response to long-term recovery efforts. The Peeler Recreation Center location is closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, and the Willow Oaks Community Center location is closing at noon on Friday, May 4. The two sites have been open for more than a week to assist residents affected by the April 15 tornado.

The City is still attempting to contact all former occupants of homes that were destroyed, or suffered major damage, during the tornado. It’s also awaiting decisions from state and federal agencies for financial support, who surveyed the affected areas last week.

Financial assistance may be available to help residents secure housing through the Greensboro Housing Coalition. Affected residents are encouraged to call the coalition at 336-691-9521 or the City’s Neighborhood Development Department at 336-373-2349. The coalition may also connect families in need with the Red Cross for financial assistance if available.

All homeowners who have been displaced because of a destroyed home or significant damage should contact the Red Cross to see if they qualify for disaster relief funds. The Red Cross will be at the Willow Oaks Community Center until noon on Friday, May 4. After this time, the Red Cross is open at its 1501 Yanceyville St. location.

Beginning at noon on Friday, May 4, residents may pick up food and supplies previously donated to the City at the following community partner locations:

  • Mt. Olivet AME Zion Church2123 McConnell Rd.
    Contact: Janice Holt, 336-327-7199
    Open 12-3 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays
  • Genesis Baptist Church2182 E. Bessemer Ave.
    Contact: Rev. Calvin Foster, 336-587-7318
    Open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
  • New Light Missionary Baptist Church1105 Willow Rd.
    Contact: Tonja Fant, 336-478-7417
    Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
  • Salvation Army Food Pantry1311 S. Eugene St.
    Open 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Fridays
  • Greensboro Urban Ministry Food Pantry305 W. Gate City Blvd.
    Open 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Fridays
  • St. Mary’s Catholic Church812 Duke St.
    Contact: Becky Dubois, 336-705-4805
    Open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays
  • The Islamic Center of Greensboro
    2023 16th St.
    Contact: Moussa Issifou, 336-255-1870
    Open from 2-5 p.m. on Friday, May 4 and from 9-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6

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