The services provided by the Red Cross offers hope to so many in our community, in so many different ways.
Recently, a Restoring Family Links (RFL) client in Stark County was searching for his Registration Records. The RFL program, offered through our local chapters, is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The Movement is present in every country in the world and is supported by millions of volunteers. As part of a global network, the movement assists individuals who are attempting to find family members who were separated by armed conflict or other situations of violence and disasters. Depending on the circumstance, the program can assist an individual with obtaining records.
The Stark County client filled out all of the necessary paper work with RFL caseworker, Barb. Once his request was processed, his records were sent to the chapter.
When Melissa, the International Affairs Manager, received the documents she attempted to contact the client but a recording stated that the phone had been disconnected.
“I hope his address is current. I will have to send him a letter advising him that his requested paperwork has arrived,” she mused out loud.
“How else will you find this man?” said a Red Cross volunteer working in Melissa’s office. The volunteer asked for the client’s name.
“Oh my goodness! He lives across the way from my apartment,” she exclaimed when Melissa told her the name.
What are the odds?
The Red Cross volunteer went home that day and told her neighbor, the client, that his documents had come into the office that very day.
“I have been waiting for these papers. Now I can begin to move forward with my life!” he stated.