On Saturday, July 21, LCC headquarters in Northbrook, Illinois, served as the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) location for the town of Prospect Heights. LCC, Red Cross, Salvation Army and many other local Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) partners provided resources and services for individuals and families displaced by the fire. The LCC parking lot was overflowing with staff, volunteers, and families in need.
LCC Disaster Response completed basic case management forms on 58 families to identify needs for further support. Each family received vouchers for clothing provided by Community Threads in Arlington Heights as well as toiletry kits from United Airlines.
LCC Disaster Response will continue to work with local response agencies to provide resources for the displaced families.
LCC K-9 Handlers and Comfort Dogs Seth (in-training), Emma, Ruthie, and Hannah (LCC staff) JoJo (Living Christ – Arlington Heights, Illinois), Tobias (Lord of Glory – Grayslake, Illinois), Angel (St. John’s – La Grange, Illinois), Susie (St. Peter – Arlington Heights, Illinois), Chloe (Lord of Life – Elburn, Illinois), Marie (in-training), and Eve (St. John’s – Lombard, Illinois) were on hand to provide mercy and support to the displaced individuals and response workers
LCC LERT team members from Immanuel Lutheran Church, Belvidere; Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox; St. Philips Lutheran Church, Glenview and Immanuel and Prince of Peace Lutheran Churches, Palatine served as MARC ambassadors, escorting individuals and families through all of the agencies present, listening to their stories and offering emotional and spiritual care. LCC LERT teams from Lord of Life Lutheran Church, LaFox and Trinity Lutheran Church, Lisle provided each child with a filled backpack, brand new reading books and a soccer ball. They also staffed a table where the children could color and play while they waited for their parents