Minister Cox meets with Mr Ray Fortune at the Ministry’s head office today. Looking on is Permanent Secretary Ms Sheila Seecharan. (Image courtesy Ministry of Social Development and Family Services)

A Sea Lots family of seven has received much needed assistance from Government after their home was destroyed by fire, on Saturday 17th October 2020. 

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) has provided the family with two food cards, as well as a wheelchair for one of the children in the family, who has cerebral palsy.

The presentation was made by Minister Donna Cox, at the Ministry’s offices on Monday 19th October 2020.

Member of Parliament for Port of Spain South, Keith Scotland, as well as Councillor for St Ann’s River South, Jenneil Frederick, worked with the Ministry to ensure the family got assistance.

Ray Roger Moore, father of five, said he  was  grateful  for  all  the  support  provided  to  date,  especially  the wheelchair, as it will assist him in easily transporting his son, since his vehicle was also destroyed in the fire. He and his common-law wife and their five children had lived at #97 Concession Road, before losing everything in the fire.

Minister Cox gave assurances that the  Ministry will continue to  provide  assistance,  as  necessary,  to  Mr  Fortune  and  all  other  families  that  are  now  being distressed  due  to  natural  and  other  man-made  disasters.  She also indicated that the Ministry remains committed to providing a responsive social services delivery system.

According to a release from the Ministry, officers attached to its National Social Development Programme (NSDP) were onsite at the scene of the fire in Sea Lots on Saturday, hours after it occurred, in order to conduct assessments for disaster relief grants offered at the Ministry.

The Ministry also confirms that the family currently is in receipt of Disability Assistance and Public Assistance Grants.  All members of the family also have been assessed by an officer of the Ministry’s National Family Services Division for counselling and psychosocial support. 

The Ministry says it also will liaise with other government agencies where further assistance can be provided, to help restore the family to some level of normalcy.