Long term disaster relief here for the long haul

By Denise Jackson

November 25, 2013 Updated Nov 25, 2013 at 9:56 PM CDT

WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Tornado victims do not have to deal with the stress of running to several agencies searching for recovery assistance. Several agencies are collaborating together.

Washington resident Sally Williams lost everything in last week's tornado. Now she's trying to re-establish services.

"We came here to get our drivers license information. We've got our titles to our cars. The DMV has been absolutely wonderful," she said.

The Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles is just one of several agencies gathered inside the Multi-Agency Resource Center, also called MARC, at Five Points. It's a one stop shop relief center.

"Secretary White, he understands the importance of customer service especially during a time like this to make sure we help in anyway we can," said Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles Manager Billy Halstead.

"We've seen more than 600 families already since we been open. That's people coming in registering for assistance with almost 40 different agencies,"said Red Cross Spokesman Harley Jones.

A few blocks down the street, three local churches of Christ have also set up a long term disaster relief site at 117 Peoria Street.

"We are here for people who find we don't have insurance, we didn't have enough. We can help with those kinds of thing in the long term. But in the short term we'll be there with items they may need to set up a new household," said Church of Christ Spokesman Dean Kennedy.

Sally Williams said support has been phenomenal.

"I just can't express in words my gratitude for everyone that's helped and sort things out," she said.

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