Hurricane Dorian is hurling toward Florida; it’s a big storm and it’s going to do a lot of damage. It already has in the Bahamas – we, here in Broward County, are full of gratitude that it looks like it’s going to miss us! But we will still get the tropical storm. Showering Love is dedicated to helping our friends who are experiencing homelessness. We were thinking about the difference between a hurricane and a tropical storm. In a hurricane, at 48 hours prior to expected impact, a hurricane watch is announced and evacuation plans are announced.
In a hurricane,if a person is homeless, he/she, can call 954-563-4357 for information and referrals for shelter and other support resources. Buses will pick up homeless individuals at one of 3 points in Broward County. In the North, that pickup point is at the corner of MLK, Jr. Blvd, and Dixie Highway, Pompano Beach, FL 33060. The Central area pickup point is at Salvation Army Lodge, 1445 West Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312. And for those in the South, it’s the Corner of N. 21st Avenue & Lincoln Street and/or Corner of N. 21st Avenue & Sherman Street, Hollywood, FL 33020 – both are East of the railroad tracks. That’s if a hurricane watch is announced – but what if it’s “just” a tropical storm? Well, so far, 3 shelters for adults with special needs and 1 for pediatric special needs have opened. For information on those, call 954-831-4000 or 311.
Hurricane Dorian hits as Tropical Storm
What will happen to our homeless population when Hurricane Dorian is downgraded to Tropical Storm Dorian? The winds are predicted to be 23-35 mph, and there will be lots of rain with local flooding. Now, imagine that you’re homeless in that situation – and you have no shelter, other than the bridge you might be huddling under! Also, because you have no t.v. to watch, you don’t know where it is, or how strong it is, or where it’s expected to make landfall.
Because it’s just rain, rain, and more rain – in reality, it’s simply another day of barely existing. You just have another storm to weather – another storm of rejection, another storm of hopelessness, another storm that is met with numbness. And you have no preparations, no trips to Home Depot for plywood, no need to sit in lines for gas, no water or food to purchase, no worries – and nothing to fear.
Showering Love Meets Hurricane Dorian
What does Showering Love do in the midst of preparing for Hurricane Dorian – or tropical storm Dorian? We go out and meet people where they are. Showering Love brings food bags, water, weather radios, rain gear – and information. We want them to know that someone cares. Our volunteers want them to know if there are open shelters and what resources might be available. One of our most valuable services is our partnerships with other social services – we form a bridge to whatever they might need. We know where the soup kitchens are, what churches are opening their doors, and who they might need to contact for access to these services. It’s what we do in times of trouble. We bring hope and dignity to those in need.