As part of the American Red Cross of Colorado & Wyoming Region’s outreach to the ever growing Latino community, we have been putting in efforts towards innovative ways to become more accessible and involved with our communities. Recently, I became involved with Volleyball Latino as we started up a Red Cross team called the Humanitarian Servers. Volleyball Latino began in 2013 as a fun and interactive fundraising effort for the nonprofit Casa de Paz, which offers free short-term lodging, meals, visits, and transportation to individuals and families affected by migrant detention.Read More
Mrs. C is a gentle, quiet, positive woman who doesn't like to draw attention to herself. That’s why she agreed to share her story, but asked not to share her name and photo. That’s also why she didn't initially think to ask for help with a somewhat unusual need: help placing a call to Italy.
Mrs. C is petite, with dove grey hair and a soft, round, smiling face. Neatly coiffed and dressed in clean clothes that fit her small frame well, you wouldn't know at first glance that she was an evacuee who had spent the past 7 nights in a Red Cross shelter.
Mrs. C is one of the 130 seniors who were displaced from their apartments last week due to an apartment fire. She has been staying at the Red Cross shelter in Littleton since then. And while she quickly met her physical needs at the shelter through hot meals, fresh clothes, and help obtaining medications, she didn't know that the Red Cross could also help her with her other most pressing need. It wasn't a physical need, but it was just as important: she hadn't spoken with her family in over a week, and she was worried about their inability to reach her and that they would be anxious about her well being after such an extended period of silence.Read More