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RED CROSS GETS OFFICE SPACE AT ST. URSULA'S

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Sept. 15, 2003 – After several years without a permanent home, the St. John Chapter of the American Red Cross moved into a 425-square-foot office at the St. Ursula Multipurpose Center.
The center, located beneath St. Ursula Episcopal Church, also is home to a Human Services Department senior citizens program. Clarence Cipio, who heads that program, said the Red Cross will be able to use the senior citizens area during emergencies.
Carol McGuinness, St. John Red Cross disaster chair, said Cipio went beyond the call of duty to give Red Cross a home.
"The last two hurricanes, I've seen that not everybody was well served, because they didn't have the space to do it," Cipio said, explaining why he was so willing to help out.
Setting up the Red Cross office has cost about $80,000. Cipio said the money came from donations and from the Human Services Department. He declined to say how much Human Services spent but said the $80,000 figure includes $21,000 for a generator. The office also has a radio antenna.
McGuinness said the Red Cross needs office furniture and equipment, and she hopes that people in the community will make donations of "usable" items.
The Red Cross has 34 trained volunteers on St. John, she said, and they will get a chance to work on their skills at a table-top mock disaster exercise on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the new office.
McGuinness said new volunteers are welcome and that anyone wishing to join should call her at 693-7375 and plan to attend the table-top exercise.
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