American Red Cross looks for new location, closes Beaumont office
Citing a planned moved even before Hurricane Harvey, the American Red Cross of Southeast Texas and Deep East Texas officially closed its Beaumont office on Thursday.
The move is part of a larger plan by the organization to "transform operations nationwide to meet the growing demand for its services while continuing to make the best use of donor dollars."
The Beaumont office is no longer available "due to hurricane related circumstances," a Red Cross spokesperson said Friday in a news release. Red Cross will have a short transition period without a physical location.
Red Cross officials say they "remain committed to ensuring residents in the community continue to receive Red Cross services."
The news release mentions the vast majority of Red Cross programs and services in Beaumont are performed out in the community, rather than the brick and mortar location.
“The Red Cross is not a building,” said Chester Jourdan, Executive Director, American Red Cross Southeast Deep East. “The Red Cross is the retired school teacher who answers an early morning fire call to help a family who’s just lost everything; the woman who meets with military families to make sure they are supported while their loved one serves our country; and the many other neighbors who help us prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters large and small.”
Many Southeast Texans have been critical of the Red Cross, claiming the organization failed to keep promises of awarding $400 to storm affected families in need.
FOX4's Elaine Kong looked into viewers' concerns and the response from Red Cross earlier this week in a special report: