Emergency shelter for Pine Ridge residents set to close; All residents placed in temporary housing

MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - The American Red Cross is continuing their work with Pine Ridge residents, even as their temporary shelter at Lakeview Arena is slated to close.

The last Pine Ridge Apartments resident was checked out of the shelter Thursday morning, and the shelter will be officially closed Friday morning at 8 a.m. The Red Cross will now shift their focus towards case work, as they continue to assist in the transition.

"We'll continue follow up work with them to check on how their situation is doing, if they're running into any roadblocks or barriers that might be making their transition difficult, and if so we will help them navigate other sources in the community, make referrals, advocate for them," said Sarah Hemminger, Upper Peninsula Disaster Program Manager with the American Red Cross.

The 147 residents who lived at Pine Ridge are now temporarily housed across the Upper Peninsula with family, friends, or even in different apartments, houses, and hotels.

"So we've got people in Gladstone, Sault Ste. Marie, Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls,” said Hemminger. “We basically did a scouring to see what truly was available and who could be successful there."

There is still no word on when Pine Ridge Apartments will be open to residents again. Repairs to the elevators are near completion, but require a final inspection. Air quality testing is completed and awaiting results. Until then, the Red Cross says they will continue helping displaced residents get any items or information they need.

"We might be able to provide clothing, linens as they move into a new place, maybe some money for groceries, it depends on what their needs are," said Hemminger.

The Salvation Army of Marquette County, who provided meals to residents while they were staying at the shelter, say that they will continue to help out in any way they can, also providing clothes, furniture, and more.

"Even additional food vouchers we'd be able to get them set up again as they reintegrate back into their apartments," said Marquette County Salvation Army Auxiliary Captain Doug Winters.

To contact the Red Cross for recovery resources, or to help out, call 906-228-3659, or visit their website.

More information on the Salvation Army of Marquette County can be found, here.

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