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For Immediate Release

Hope4NC Supports Hurricane Florence Survivors

Easterseals UCP offers free crisis counseling

Kenansville, NC, December 10, 2018

Hurricane Florence has impacted coastal North Carolina in ways we can see through destruction of buildings, landscaping and roadways.  However, it’s the ways we can’t see that can be alarming such as how people are coping emotionally and mentally with loss and change.

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

hope4ncHope4NC selected Easterseals UCP after Hurricane Matthew in 2016 to aid residents of the Goldsboro area with prolonged trauma and anxiety as they dealt with the flooding and damage. 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.

In this photo (left), the Easterseals UCP team offered crisis debriefing to the AmeriCorps disaster response workers who had been working six days a week for over five weeks to assist survivors. 

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.

hope4ncDuring a recent Christmas parade in Mt. Olive, an Easterseals UCP team member reached out to the President of the University of Mt. Olive to educate him and his wife about the Hope4NC program available to people in his communities. (photo, right)

Get help by calling a counselor at 1-888-702-7853.  
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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