Madison: Mike Bodden knows all about the challenges faced by the Allied Drive neighborhood. He helps run the Allied Food Pantry and is expecting a surge in business when 20 families arrive on Friday. "This will be a big impact on us."
But Bodden also knows that because of those troubles, Allied Drive already has many of the services that will be needed by the evacuees.
The food pantry, the bus lines, and a cheap place to live will be essential.
Rita Adair provides many social services to this community, and she helped arrange the housing.
The apartments were empty because the owner was hoping to develop them into condos, but that idea is on hold, so evacuees will move into clean apartments at a discounted rent. "It provided her with an opportunity to have all the refugees in one area for all of the services they're going to be needing. It just seemed to work out well for everybody," says Houk Investments volunteer Deb Withey.
Marge Lyford has volunteered on Allied through her church, and she thinks the existing support network will help. "She's (Adair) going to bringing in a lot of support for these people. Even though there's a lot of problems and challenges here people still think it's a good place to live."