Catholic Charities to distribute $10,000 in emergency grants to assist families with tornado, flood damage

GREEN BAY – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Green Bay received a $10,000 emergency grant from Catholic Charities USA to assist with damage caused by the recent tornadoes and flooding in northeast Wisconsin. The grant was announced July 25 by the Diocese of Green Bay.

Workers from Waite’s Tree Service work to remove a large uprooted tree at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Little Chute July 21. The day before produced a round of severe storms that effected much of the Diocese of Green Bay. (Brad Birkholz | For The Compass)

Severe storms hit northeast Wisconsin on Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, causing extensive damage from downed trees and limbs.

“The damage to homes and property has been extensive and we realize that the need is far beyond the limited dollars available, but we hope every little bit of assistance helps our neighbors who have been impacted by the tornadoes and flood waters,” said Ted Phernetton, director of Catholic Charities.

The grant money, in the amount of $200 per family with an income of less than $60,000 per year, will be distributed to individuals upon request and can be used for costs related to cleanup, replacement items ruined due to tornadoes and flood waters, purchase of a dehumidifier, daily living expenses, security deposit assistance, temporary housing, and clean-up costs. The funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those living within the 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay.

For more information or to request grant funds, please contact Ted Phernetton at (920) 272-8234 or [email protected].