PINE BLUFF, Ark. — The American Red Cross and several groups in Pine Bluff are helping families displaced from the Myranda Place Apartments after the building suffering extensive tornado damage.
“I’m a native of Pine Bluff Arkansas. Been here since I was a kid,” Dionte Brown said.
Brown is now homeless after a tornado hit the complex last week.
“I’m just stuck right now trying to get clothes. I do appreciate Ms. Michelle Corbin and the Red Cross for helping me out with the things that I have obtained today,” Brown said.
For now, Brown’s been able to stay with family and got some clothing and food from the local Red Cross.
Pine Bluff’s Family Church is offering temporary shelter for the 80 families displaced through Monday.
The City, Red Cross, and other organizations are working to figure out what’s next.
"We are incredibly grateful to our friends at family church who opened their doors for people over the weekend to support people in need of shelter. After tomorrow we will be working with our housing authority, with our partners at the county to support other needs as we move forward,” Assistant to Pine Bluff Mayor Stephen Bronskill said.
Staff at the Red Cross spent their Sunday searching for funding to help families.
“We’re here today taking a few more casework information for the victims. Basically, giving them some type of monetary assistance to get them through until we can get them replaced,” Disaster Program Specialist Michelle Corbin said.
Those lending a helping hand are confident no one will go without a roof over their head.
“We’re going to all come together and meet to see what’s our next steps. I’m just basically keeping in communication with those that are still displaced so we can make sure we don’t leave anybody behind,” Corbin said.
They believe the community’s support will get families back on their feet.
“This is the first time I’ve seen so many people come together in this way to support our neighbors in need and come together as a community and I hope that will continue for a long time to come,” Bronskill said.
Anyone looking to help can donate to the Greater Arkansas Chapter of the Red Cross or the Pine Bluff Salvation Army as they assist families.