Red Cross gets flooded out

Publication Date: Wednesday Feb 11, 1998

Red Cross gets flooded out

Urban Ministry seeks new site for homeless drop-in center

by Don Kazak

As the toll from last week's flood continues to rise, the American Red Cross and Palo Alto's community of homeless people can now be added to the list of victims. Four inches of water inside the Red Cross building at 400 Mitchell Lane destroyed assorted supplies and teaching aids, and also has forced the Palo Alto Urban Ministry from its longtime drop-in center.

Daryl Ogden, the Urban Ministry's executive director, said as many as 160 people a day stop by the drop-in center for coffee, free bus passes, and advice and assistance.

"We're trying to find a new drop-in center," Ogden.

Red Cross officials were uncertain how long their building will be unusable.

All of the damaged flooring will have to be torn up and replaced, said Red Cross spokeswoman Jen Frazier. Because of the flooding, the Red Cross lost many mannequins, both adult- and baby-sized, which are used for teaching CPR to adults and baby-sitting techniques to youth classes. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts often take classes at the Red Cross building.

"We really don't know how long (the repairs) will take," Frazier said. "We'll do it as quickly as possible. It could take a month, it could take as long as four months."

Because of the flooding, the Palo Alto chapter of the Red Cross has temporarily relocated to Santa Clara Valley American Red Cross at 2731 North First St., San Jose.

Ogden said that anyone who has an idea of where the Urban Ministry can relocate its drop-in shelter should call him at 324-5358.

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