Birmingham-based Employment Screening Services (ESS) announced today a special holiday donation to HOPE Panhandle, a non-profit organization formed to help families in the Florida panhandle areas devastated by Hurricane Michael .
In early October Hurricane Michael, the third most intense storm to ever hit the Florida panhandle, destroyed several communities. While volunteer efforts began immediately following the storm, the impact on families and small businesses remains overwhelming.
“Most of the early relief was focused on the basics like restoring power, ensuring medical attention, and providing food and water to residents, many of which found themselves suddenly homeless, “explained Jane Bahr, an ESS employee who resides in a nearby city that escaped most of the storm’s impact.
“There are still so many families that need help,” added Bahr. “It’s heart wrenching to see people struggling with where to live and how to support their families more than two months after the hurricane.” Bahr believes some of the communities most severely impacted have a long hard road back to normalcy.
For ESS founder and CEO, Sheila Benson, the story of struggling families hit especially hard and close to home. “Because of our proximity to the affected areas, several of our employees and clients have seen the impact first-hand,” said Benson. “When you see people struggling to rebuild their lives, you’re naturally driven to do more.”
In the spirit of the holiday season, ESS is making a financial contribution to aid those families severely impacted by the hurricane. Visit www.hopepanhandle.org to discover ways you can help.