On the evening of August 3, 2022, employees were preparing to go home from work when they saw smoke coming from one the apartments at St. Vincent de Paul Louisville’s de Paul Apartments. While one employee ran into the building to ensure everyone was out, another called emergency services.
Because of the fast thinking of FSC Program Manager Julio Anthony and Case Manager Brittany Sanderson, everyone got out of the apartments safely, and severe damage was limited to two of the 12 apartments. The Red Cross was contacted by Housing Manager Priscilla Massey. Families were fed, and we ensured that all 12 families had a safe place to stay for the night.
Restoration work has already begun, and most families will be back in their apartments soon. We are working with our insurance company to ensure that work on the two damaged apartments will take place as soon as possible.
As we offered support to the families who had been displaced, time and again we were asked, “When can we go home?” It is important to remember that these apartments are not just places people stay. These apartments are their homes. We are now working as fast and safely as possible to get our families back in their homes and to replace the items that were lost in the fire.
If you would like to support our families and help them recover from this tragedy, please consider either a monetary donation or donations of items like diapers, shoes (specifically for the children), clothes for small children, bedding, and household items like towels, washcloths, dishes, and cooking items. And, of course, prayers are always appreciated. Donations of goods can be delivered to 1015-C South Preston Street Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
We give thanks that no one was injured, and we are grateful, as always, for your kindness and generosity.
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