Charity organisation Food For The Poor (FFP) has responded to the needs of residents of the Good Shepherd Home operated by the Missionaries of the Poor.
The home was severely damaged by fire on the night of Tuesday, August 27.
Fifty-six mentally ill and physically challenged men from the facility located at 59–61 Tower Street, downtown Kingston were also displaced as a result of the blaze that started nearby at 13 Fleet Street.
FFP said a team, consisting of people from its Social Outreach Department, visited the home to determine and assist in the areas of greatest need according to a Jamaica Observer article.
The team also did a tour of Fleet Street, where other families were affected by the fire, to assess their needs. The article reported that a total of 24 other people, including 13 children, were left homeless after the fire.
Director at FFP Jamaica, Craig Moss-Solomon, said the incident was “an unfortunate incident, but one that requires all who are called by Christ to help our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate”.
Moss-Solomon further noted that the affected residents are appreciative of the relief items being delivered as a blessing that will help them cope with the aftermath of the terrible fire.
“FFP Jamaica has also assessed the long-term needs resulting from the fire and that the organisation stands ready to offer whatever support it can to Missionaries of the Poor and the families affected,” he said.
FFP is the largest charity organisation in Jamaica and is funded by donations.