July 21, 2012

University Communications

Student Emergency Relief Fund Established

Saint Louis University has pulled together again in the face of the recent building fire at 3949 Lindell Blvd., which displaced many students, as well as some faculty and staff. The University is grateful that all persons survived the devastating loss of so many homes.

Housing and Residence Life, Campus Ministry, International Services, the Center for Service and Community Engagement, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Student Development, Enrollment and Retention Management, and many other concerned and involved members of the SLU community have already responded to the students and their immediate needs.

To respond to students' ongoing needs and to other similar situations when they arise, Mission and Ministry and Student Development have established the SLU Student Emergency Relief Fund to serve students who experience emergencies during their time at SLU. This fund is designed to help any part-time or full-time, undergraduate or graduate student at SLU recover from any single event of unplanned or unexpected catastrophic, life-changing conditions by providing post-incident aftercare in the form of direct reimbursement for basic need expenditures.

Examples of qualifying incidents include, but are not strictly limited to, are natural disaster (e.g., flood, tornado, hurricane), 911 emergency (e.g., fire, assault, hate crime, biohazard), loss of family support/relationship, remote location disaster (e.g., terrorist act in another country affecting family members), catastrophic loss of income or employment, sudden life-threatening medical diagnosis. Examples of basic needs include, but are not strictly limited to, are food, clothing, shelter, medication, toiletries and emergency travel.

Members of the campus community may contribute to this fund. All money collected is designated for student support. Employees may sign-up for payroll deduction to the fund online (SLU sign-in is required). Checks can be sent in care of Tom Vincent, manager with Advancement Systems, to room 302 DuBourg Hall for processing (indicate "SLU Student Emergency Relief Fund" in the memo line). 

Contact Student Development at 314-977-2226 or Mission and Ministry at 314-977-7065 for further information. 

Our University Mission calls us to service to humanity; St. Ignatius helps us find God in all things...all people. Our service to each other clarifies our call, and keeps our Mission alive in our lives. Thank you for your support.

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