Jan 27, 2021

Keeping our community safer, together.

At Love City Strong, planning for future challenges presented by natural disasters is our primary goal and purpose as a nonprofit organization.

 

In support of this mission, when we are not immediately responding to emergency situations (like the COVID-19 pandemic or tropical storms), we work on providing resources to high risk communities on St. John to ensure that they are more prepared for when a disaster strikes. This is done through multiple micro-projects that we work on during different times of the year.

 

One of our longest running micro-projects focuses on connecting first responders to those in need during a crisis; whether it's a hurricane or a personal health emergency. In 2019, our team started traveling across the island and going door-to-door, offering seniors and persons with a disability or chronic health condition free interventions that may make it easier for emergency workers to find them. Over 3,000 individual interventions have been put out into the St. John community by our team so far. 

 

These interventions include providing residents with custom home address signs when they do not have their address posted; easy to use, waterproof, emergency flashing lights; emergency information magnets from St. John Rescue; and File of Life cards.

 

File of Life cards are small informational cards where a person can write down all of their emergency contact information, medical history, and medication history so that a first responder has all of the information they need about a person when they arrive on scene to help. These cards are printed in English and in Spanish. 

 

We also collect important data that can be used by first responders to locate high risk residents after a natural disaster. This data helps us make wellness check phone calls before and after low-impact events such as tropical storms, and gives us a starting point for our other preparedness programs. Over 600 St. John households have voluntarily given us their data since we began collecting it. In accordance with current COVID-19 protocols, our team has adjusted our data gathering processes so that we can continue to safely provide this necessary service to the people of St. John. We always wear our masks and gloves, and we never enter anyone’s home. 

 

In addition to helping us pay for a wider distribution of interventions across the island, your donations ensure that we have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our staff, so that we can remain healthy and active in the community.

 

Please consider supporting us today with a one-time or monthly donation. With your help, we can ensure that St. John is more prepared than ever!

Nov 23, 2020

Thank You for Your Support

When Love City Strong started, our goal was to try and do a little bit of good for the St. John community in the wake of two unprecedented hurricanes. We knew that there was much to be done, and we know that there is still much to accomplish.

The Resilient Housing Initiative (RHI) has been our most ambitious project to date, and it is one that all of us at Love City Strong are extremely proud of. Restoring homes for seniors and families with young children is something that we are passionate about, and we are proud of the work that we have done. So many donors from around the globe have supported this project since it began in September 2018, and your generosity cannot be overstated.

As of November 2020, 35 homes have been rebuilt across St. John by RHI, and there are 5 more in our project queue that we will work on in 2021. As always, our work in RHI occurs alongide our partners at the St. John Community Foundation and by utilizing the skilled labor of the hardworking women and men of Cutting Edge Construction, J&D Woodworking, and dozens of other St. John-based contractors and small businesses.

Today we are pleased to report that the majority of fundingfor these final 5 jobsites has been secured thanks to a substantial contribution. Thus, we are closing out the RHI project on GlobalGiving in an effort to ensure that any future donations we receive through this platform can be used on our many other response and recovery projects.

We will continue to report regularly about RHI, because we know that this project matters as much to you just as much as it does to us. You can continue to follow the RHI's progress via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and by signing up for our quarterly e-newsletter (which you can do by completing the form at the bottom of our homepage). 

Thank you to all who have donated to RHI. Without your kindness, none of what we have accomplished would be possible. Your generosity has helped bring over 100 individuals home.

Nov 2, 2020

Work Continues!

The work continues on the Resilient Housing Initiative (RHI), with 2 different home rebuilds still in progress!

Although we've had some small setbacks due to a touch of rough weather on St. John and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, our partners at Cutting Edge Construction and J&D Woodworking remain steadfast and committed to getting the job done.

Construction crews wear their masks at all times, even in the hot sun, to ensure that they are keeping each other safe while they work. These companies are based on St. John, and their employees live in the community that they are helping to rebuild, so they understand the importance of taking necessary precautions in support of their community. And thanks to your generous donations this year, we are ready to support them by providing extra PPE if they need it. 

Be sure to check out our website at www.lovecitystrongvi.org to learn more about RHI, and all of our other projects. Thank you for your continued kindness.

 
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