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Fricker Community Center in Pensacola serves as Red Cross shelter


The Fricker Community Center on North F Street in Pensacola has become an American Red Cross shelter for those who cannot stay at their homes due to flood damage.

"We make sure they are feed and that they have shelter, we have showers," said shelter manager Becky Soukup.

Late last week the Fricker Community Center became home to dozens of people displaced by storm.

Becky Soukup runs the shelter and says Wednesday morning case work began to help get the people who are staying there to the next step of recovery.

"Case work does a lot of referrals in the community and we make sure we get people on the road."

Soukup wants all who have been affected by the storm to know whether they use an American Red Cross shelter or even accept a clean up kit from a traveling Red Cross bus. Their mission is comfort right now.

"Anybody can be affected by a disaster. If you are impacted come to the Red Cross as your first step to recovery, we are here to help. We take care of emergency needs."

Since case work has started, people who are staying here should soon be able to return home, but the Red Cross does want to stress just because the shelter closes, does not mean that they will stop helping this community in other ways.