New Mt. Vernon office location sustained extensive water damage following storm
Belleville, Ill., (September 12, 2018) – Caritas Family Solutions, a nonprofit social service agency based in Belleville, Ill., was scheduled to move its regional office in Mount Vernon to a new location later this month. However, the move is postponed due to recent heavy rains which caused flooding in the local area and subsequent water damage to the lower level of the office building.
The agency purchased the building at 321 S. 10th St. in Mount Vernon in early July and have been preparing it for the move which was scheduled for September 20-21, 2018. Services were to begin at the new address effective Monday, September 24. New move dates have not yet been determined.
Services will continue from the current location at 219 Withers Drive until the restoration at the new office location is complete.
Following storms on September 8 caused by remnants from Hurricane Gordon, several inches of water entered the lower level of the office building which was to become counseling offices and visit rooms for hundreds of families with children in foster care. Almost 6,000 square feet of carpeting was submerged.
Restoration costs have been estimated at tens of thousands of dollars. After pumping out the remaining water and drying out the entire lower level, repairs will include replacing the newly installed carpets, removing and replacing drywall, and final painting and detailing.
Donations are being accepted to offset the restoration costs, which are estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars. Online donations can be made here, or checks can be mailed to Caritas Family Solutions, 219 Withers Dr., Mt. Vernon, IL 62864. All other donation inquiries can be directed to Ashlee Lambert at 618-213-8714.
Founded in 1947, Caritas Family Solutions is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide direct services that meet the social and emotional needs of people of all ages. Services include adoption, pregnancy care, foster care, counseling, residential treatment for abused and neglected children, multisystemic therapy for at-risk youth, independent living for adults with developmental disabilities, and assisted living and employment assistance for low-income seniors. Caritas serves more than 4,500 individuals annually across Southern Illinois from offices located in Belleville, Carterville, Mount Vernon, Olney, East Alton, and Effingham.