Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser is praising the work of the Sharing Center, which this week awarded $49,000 in grants to 13 families that were affected by the July flooding that devastated portions of the county.
These funds were collected from donors to the Western Kenosha County Flood Fund, which the Trevor-based Sharing Center established shortly after the flood event.
The grants will be used for repairs needed for families to return a home to safety, or for relocation assistance.
“It’s been heartwarming to see how the people of Kenosha County have responded to this catastrophic event,” said Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser. “The way people pitched in – with their time as volunteers, or with their wallets – shows us that Kenosha County residents truly care for one another. And the Sharing Center was there every step of the way, helping people put their lives back together after the floods.”
Sharon Pomaville, executive director of the Sharing Center, said the disaster fund was administered by a committee of community members from the flood-affected areas, with members having expertise in disaster response, social service, finance and home construction.
The committee determined assistance would be prioritized for occupant homeowners in repairable homes, for relocation assistance to occupants of condemned homes, and for those not receiving significant insurance settlements or loans.
Individual grant amounts varied based on applicants’ needs and other factors. All funds were distributed on Monday, Nov. 20.
“My thanks to the myriad of community volunteers who supported these families for the last four months,” Pomaville said. “My thanks to those who donated to this fund; it truly made an impact to people still in the midst of repairing their homes. Many recipients asked that I forward their heartfelt thanks.”
Flood survivors who were not granted assistance through the Western Kenosha County Flood Fund are urged to watch their mail and local media for information about a state grant that may become available for low- to middle-income families for basic home safety repairs.
Those who are in need of appliances, beds, dressers, housewares or clothing as a result of the floods may be able to receive gently used items from the Sharing Center. Please call 262-298-5535 for more information.
Other resources that remain available for flood survivors include: