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American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter Closes Shelter at Phoenix High School

Chapter closes Phoenix High School Shelter

PHOENIX (Oct. 8, 2012) – The American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has closed its shelter at Metro Tech High School in Phoenix, having provided food, water and housing, as well as medical and emotional support, to residents displaced by Sunday’s fire at Willow Springs Apartments in Phoenix.

With no remaining residents at the shelter that the Red Cross established, and with assistance from Catholic Charities Community Services, the Red Cross vacated Metro Tech around 2 p.m. Monday. The Red Cross logged 15 residents and about 50 visitors inside the shelter, distributing 125 meals and snacks and clothing, footwear and comfort kits containing toiletries to 65 people. Any Willow Springs residents who require further aid can contact the Red Cross by calling 1-800-842-7349.

“Thanks to the responsiveness of the community, governmental and charitable groups in Phoenix, we provided services to those impacted by the fire,” Grand Canyon Chapter Disaster Response Manager Lupe Velasquez said. “The Metro Tech staff was generous in quickly offering us space at their school and giving displaced residents a safe place to stay. The Red Cross is committed to fulfilling the needs of Phoenix residents during emergencies, regardless of size, and we aim to continue that mission.”

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit, like us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.