In the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire that recently swept through Ventura County, here are a few resources for those who have been affected and several opportunities for those who want to get involved in the relief effort.
The American Red Cross is opening a client service center on Saturday, December 16, 2017, in the city of Ventura for residents affected by the Thomas Fire.
Ventura County Credit Union / 6026 Telephone Road Ventura, CA
The City and County of Ventura along with State and Federal partners have started the Local Assistance Center (LAC) to serve as a centralized facility to provide essential resources and services to those beginning the recovery process to restore their households. Representatives from the City will be on hand to answer questions and provide important information. LAC is located at the Poinsettia Pavilion, 3451 Foothill Road, Ventura. People with appointments will get priority service.
The fires may be not be burning in the city of Ventura, but we’re not out of the woods yet. The smoke from the fire contains particulate matter that can negatively affect your health. Make sure to wear a mask to protect yourself!
We’ve assembled a list of prayer points to highlight some of the key insights on how to pray for those affected by the fire, those fighting the fire, and the Church as it responds to the fire. Prayer changes things!
Cory Iverson, 32, was an engineer with Cal Fire’s San Diego Unit. Cory had a passion for firefighting, and died working with his strike team on the eastern flank of the Thomas Fire. He leaves behind a toddler daughter and a wife pregnant with their second child. A fund has been created for the Family. Money from the fund will go to help the family pay for funeral arrangements and help at home. Please pray for the Iverson family and consider giving to their GoFundMe page below.
Please pray for Roy and Victoria Culver. They were evacuated on Monday and lost everything. They need prayer and support more now than ever. You can also give to them financially by clicking the link below.
The Weber family (Nate, Christine, Natalie (4) and Kayla (2)) attend Reality Ventura and lost their home in the Fire. Please continue to lift them up in prayer. Also, you can give financially to their Go Fund Me Page.
UPDATE (as of 12/12):
“Your support has been amazing! All of the ladies’ immediate personal needs have been taken care of and the amount of physical goods donated has been overwhelming. We’re working now on getting back to normal routines, including equipping and setting up temporary offices.”
You can continue to support Teen Challinge by giving to the rebuilding fund:
The United Way of Ventura County, the American Red Cross of Ventura County and the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services have formed a strategic partnership to support those affected by the Thomas Fire. Donations can be made by texting UWVC to 41444, online at www.vcunitedway.org or calling 805-485-6288. Checks may be sent to the United Way office at 702 County Square Drive, Suite 100, Ventura, CA 93003. Please write “Thomas Fire Fund” in the memo.
Red Cross volunteers train for and respond to disasters every day. New volunteer opportunities may become available in the coming days as the Red Cross determines additional needs for the community.