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For Immediate Release

Easterseals UCP Teams to the Rescue

Hope4NC Program Continues Helping Hurricane Florence Survivors

Goldsboro, NC, December 19, 2018

The impact of Hurricane Florence runs deep.  For many, the displacement has caused increased stress to people living with mental health challenges.  Easterseals UCP is supporting Hurricane Florence survivors thanks to a state program.

hope4ncThe North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services created a program called Hope4NC to help during times of crisis. The mission of Hope4NC is to address the mental and behavioral health needs in the aftermath of a disaster by offering free crisis counseling to Hurricane Florence survivors.

The Easterseals UCP team in Wayne County (photo, left) helped a woman, we will call, Claire.  This woman’s father was evacuated from his VA home in the days leading up to the hurricane.  Claire needed assistance to transport him to a facility where he would receive proper care and reside close to her.

Claire was emotionally distraught, exhausted and saddened that her father couldn’t live with her due to his deteriorating health and loss of memory. Fortunately, the Easterseals UCP team was able to locate Claire’s father and arrange to have him transported to a more a suitable location.

This is the second time Easterseals UCP has been selected by Hope4NC to assist during crisis.  The program was effective in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew in 2016 in the Goldsboro area.

Now, Hope4NC is offering assistance to residents in Duplin, Lenoir, Sampson, Wilson and Wayne counties through a team of experienced counselors at Easterseals UCP to address the needs following Hurricane Florence.

The program is free, anonymous and manned by trained staff.  Sessions are conducted in nontraditional, community-based settings such as community centers, churches, libraries and homes.  The Easterseals UCP teams can also provide group counseling sessions, public education and assistance for referrals.

Get help by calling a counselor at 888-702-7853.  
The 24/7 crisis hotline is 855-587-3463.
For more information, contact Melissa Harrell, Hope4NC Regional Project Manager at 919-709-6619 

Easterseals UCP provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

Learn more about Easterseals UCP at www.eastersealsucp.com

For more information contact:
Kathy Edgerton
Easterseals UCP Chief Communications Officer
(O) 919-865-8660
(C) 919-208-0621

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