Hurricane Delta Response – Press Release 10/12/20

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK CALLS FOR SUPPORT FOR GULF COAST NEIGHBORS AS SECOND HURRICANE SLAMS INTO LOUISIANA COAST Austin, TX, October 12, 2020 – With the second hurricane in six weeks hitting the Louisiana coast line, the Austin Disaster Relief Network redoubles its response efforts on behalf of our Gulf Coast neighbors in need. Hurricane Delta, a Category 2 storm, slammed into the same communities devastated by Hurricane Laura in late August. Damaging winds and several inches of rain from Delta have deepened the crisis for residents still reeling from losing homes and businesses in Laura’s wake. “I urge everyone in our network of churches and the entire Greater Austin community to come alongside our Louisiana neighbors,” said Daniel Geraci, ADRN Executive Director. “These families already needed a huge amount of help rebuilding safe and clean homes to live in after Hurricane Laura. Now that Delta has passed through, they need even more assistance with emergency funds, supplies, and long-term help to clean-up and rebuild. Most importantly, they need hope to face this crisis and get through it, and we can bring that hope to them.” HOW YOU CAN HELP ADRN is already collecting Care Kits for families and individuals…

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COVID-19 Relief Fund Press Release 4/21/20

APRIL 21, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the economy of Greater Austin, and specifically those who’ve lost jobs and income, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) announced today it has begun distributing financial aid to individuals and families. The aid is intended to cover costs associated with food and gas, along with other essential items as additional funds are raised. As of 5:00p.m. Monday, April 20, 2020 ADRN had assisted 28 individuals/families with funds raised through the organization’s COVID-19 Relief Fund. “We are expecting to assist hundreds of families who’ve lost their jobs or seen a reduction in their income over the next couple of months as a result of the COVID-19 crisis,” Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of ADRN said. “While the funds they receive through the stimulus package may help them catch up on last month’s bills, we’re hoping to give them additional assistance for the month of April and May by providing for their groceries and gas.” Greater Austin area residents interested in requesting funds can go to adrn.org/COVIDRelief for instructions on how to apply. In order to be considered to receive financial support, applicants will be required to…

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Press Release Covid-19 Relief Fund

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN TO RAISE FUNDS FOR THOSE EXPERIENCING FINANCIAL HARDSHIPS DUE TO COVID-19 APRIL 15, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to the economic impact COVID-19 has had on the economy of Greater Austin, and specifically those who’ve lost jobs and income, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) announced today the launch of its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The purpose of the fund to raise support for individuals and families in need of emergency funds to cover costs associated with food and gas as well as other essential items as additional funds are raised. “Through our survivor hotline and prayer hotline, we’re hearing from people who are experiencing fear and anxiety caused by lost jobs and income. Families are truly struggling,” Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of ADRN, said. “While our network of churches and volunteers are responding to the emotional and spiritual needs of those impacted, we’re asking Austinites to support their neighbors by making a financial contribution to our COVID-19 Relief Fund.” Funds raised through ADRN’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are intended to help those who have lost their job and are unable to make ends meet. According to a presentation by the Austin City Council last…

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Press Release April 4th, 2020

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK COLLECTING DIY FACEMASKS ON BEHALF OF CITY OF AUSTIN, CAPITAL AREA MEDICAL OPERATIONS CENTER 20,000 Facemasks Urgently Needed by Care Givers and Essential Personnel April 7, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to requests by the City of Austin and the Capital Area Medical Operations Center (CAMOC), the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) today announced the launch of a drive aimed at collecting more than 20,000 homemade face masks. DIY face masks are urgently needed amid the growing threat of COVID-19 and new evidence from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggesting that asymptomatic people can spread the virus. Greater Austin residents making masks are urged to follow the guidelines provided by the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html Donated face masks will be distributed by the City of Austin and CAMOC to care givers and essential personnel throughout the City of Austin, Travis County and the 11 counties under the Capital Area Trauma Regional Advisory Council (CATRAC). “We’ve been told by the City of Austin, CAMOC and CATRAC that the need for DIY face masks is immediate,” Daniel Geraci, Executive Director of ADRN, said. “We are mobilizing our network of churches to create task forces to recruit,…

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Prayer Hotline Press Release 3/30/20

AUSTIN DISASTER RELIEF NETWORK LAUNCHES PRAYER HOTLINE TO MEET EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL NEEDS OF GREATER AUSTIN AREA RESIDENTS March 30, 2020, Austin, TX – In response to the increasing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic crisis our nation is experiencing, the Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN) has partnered with Spirit 105.9, The Bridge 101.1, Waterloo Media, Unceasing Prayer Movement, and Christ Together to launch a citywide Prayer Hotline today. The hotline hours will be Monday through Saturday, 9AM-8PM for an indefinite period of time. The spread of the virus, coupled with the growing number of job losses, is contributing to increasing economic uncertainty, fear, anxiety and much more. ADRN believes the need for a citywide Prayer Hotline is greater now than any other time in Austin’s history. “I met a business owner yesterday who was terrified because he had to let most of his employees go and didn’t know if his business would survive,” said Daniel Geraci, ADRN’s Executive Director. “With churches closed, thousands of people losing their job, dramatic lifestyle changes, and Austinites shut in for an extended period of time, we believe individuals and families need a hotline they can call for comfort, support, and prayer…

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