Disaster Relief


To assist our neighbors in times of need, we have a comprehensive disaster case management process.  Case management means that we work WITH all who qualify to identify any needs that clients may have and connect them to community resources along with presenting needs to a committee that will determine the assistance provided.  
We are working to help people in Lowndes County affected by the February 2019 flooding and tornado. So we can understand your situation and advocate for you to the committee, we need the following information from you:                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Proof of Identification Driver’s license or state picture IDs for adults
  • Proof of Financial Need
  • Proof of ALL income for the household (including disability, TANF and child support) 
  • ALL expenses for the household including lease or mortgage statement Proof of ALL government assistance for the household including SNAP and Section 8
  • Proof of Ownership or Rental Agreement
  • Homeowner only - deed, current year property tax and current year Homestead Exemption
  • Renter only - lease or proof from landlord/property manager about who lived in the home at the time of the disaster
  • Proof of Residence
  • Utility bill from month of disaster (February 2019)
  • Duplication of Benefits Check
  • Receipts for money spent towards your recovery (Proof of re-housing costs such as security and utility deposits, and any outstanding utility balances and how you spent personal funds such as for temporary housing, personal property replacement, and/or repairs) 
  • Financial assistance received from other organizations, such as The American Red Cross and proof of how you spent that assistance.
  • SBA registration and other information including denial letters.
Please attempt to gather these verifications (additional verifications may be requested) and also get 3 contractor estimates for the cost to repair your home. We realize some documents may not be available because of the disaster and will talk about this with you. To be connected with a case manager, call Case Management at (662)352-8010 or Columbus First United Methodist Church at (662)328-5252. If you have any questions during the process, please call Program Manager, Mellie Thomas at 662-736-6362.
Your appointments will include an intake interview and needs assessment with the case manager and a site visit at the disaster address by case manager and a construction assessment. The case manager will then be able research available resources and advocate for you. This is a volunteer-based program. Please understand that an appointment is not a guarantee of assistance and that assistance may not be immediately available.
We look forward to partnering with you

Mission Statement:

The mission of Community Recovery of Lowndes County is to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by natural and manmade disasters in Lowndes County,
Mississippi. Services will be provided regardless of the individual's race, creed, color, gender, disability, or religious preference.
The goal of Community Recovery of Lowndes County is to assist our fellow residents to recover as fully as possible from any Community Recovery of Lowndes County deemed recent disaster
while being careful not to overlook any affected citizens.


CRLC is a non-profit organization and sets forth these operational procedures to establish and maintain a network with and on behalf of the faith-based, non-profit, governmental, business, and other organizations and agencies that will provide coordinated recovery efforts in Lowndes County, Mississippi.
CRLC’s purpose is to provide coordinated management of the long-term recovery to Lowndes County residents and provide additional long-term assistance to individuals and families affected
by any disaster, as defined by State and Local officials, who do not have adequate personal resources for their basic needs as a result of the disaster.
CRLC’s purpose is to provide this assistance in the form of spiritual, emotional, physical, and financial resources to those affected by the disaster regardless of sex, race, creed, ancestry,
national origin, color, sexual orientation, disability, or religion.
To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations that fall under the 501(c)(3) section of the Internal Revenue Code and are operated exclusively for recovery and charitable purposes.

For more information, please email us.

2019 Executive Committee

Board Chair - Nicole Clinkscales (Community Assessment Chair)
Vice Chair – Pastor Tommy Gillon (Construction Chair)
Secretary – Kaleena Richardson
Treasure – Douglas Robertson (Finance Chair)

Executive Board

Joey Barnes (Media Chair)
Nancy Carpenter
Jerry Fortenberry
Errolyn Gray (Volunteer Coordination Chair)
Pastor Ron Houston
Aislinn Kopp (Case Management Chair)
Pastor Stan McCrary (Emotional & Spiritual Care Chair)
Renee Sanders
Jo Shumake
Taquanda Walker
To contact a board member, please send email us



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Please make all checks payable to United Way c/o Community Recovery of Lowndes County.  Your donation is tax deductible and will stay local!

Community Recovery of Lowndes County
 P O Box 821
Columbus Ms 39703