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Assistance to be available Monday to tornado victims

DIAMOND — A Multi-Agency Resource Center will be held Monday for those affected by the tornado.

The center, often called a MARC, will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Diamond Banquet Hall, 55 S. Daly St. in Diamond. It is open only to residents in areas affected by the Nov. 17 tornado, which touched down in Coal City and Diamond, injuring four and damaging more than 200 buildings in the two communities.

Free assistance from more than 20 agencies will be offered, including:

Assistance offered Monday includes from these organizations and agencies:

• American Baptist Men, tree and debris removal

• American Red Cross, client assistance

• "Bella" - TDI Therapy Dog

• Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, information and assist with basic needs

• Centrue Bank, low-interest storm relief loan

• Comcast Cable, utility information

• ComEd, electric/utility information

• DHS /Division of Rehabilitation Services, information and assistance

• Family Community Resource Center/DHS, information and referrals

• FEMA Federal Disaster Assistance

• Grundy County Animal Control, lost and found/pets of tornado

• Grundy County Clerk, fee waivers for vital home records

• Grundy County Health Department, case work, senior programs and medical information

• Illinois Department of Employment Security, unemployment benefits and veterans referral services

• Illinois Department of Insurance, assistance and information

• Institute for Personal Development, counseling and mental health information

• Joliet Diocese, St. Vincent de Paul Society Council, information about goods and other needs

• Kendall-Grundy Community Action, LIHEAP and assistance

• Lake Region Conference of Seventh Day Adventist, donation management

• Lutheran Disaster Services, disaster long-term recovery

• Rainbow Therapy Dogs, therapy dogs

• Riverside Medical, medical outreach

• Secretary of State, DMV fee waiver for DMV-related services

• Southern Baptist, providing child care during MARC operations

• State Rep. John Anthony, various state services

• Tzu Chi Foundation, debit cards

• United Way of Grundy County, information and resources

• Village of Diamond, command center volunteer management, and resident resources and information

Those needing a ride to the event can contact Tina Carter at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers Transportation at 815-942-2932, ext. 7255, by 1 p.m. Friday.

For other questions, contact the United Way of Grundy County at 815-942-4430.

The MARC is from a partnership of the United Way of Grundy County and the American Red Cross through the Grundy County Community Organizations Active in Disaster, and their partners.

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