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Families from Ft. Collins Apt. Fire Get Help on Road to Recovery

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There has been a lot of need from this fire and we are providing vital care and hope to help these families recover. --Jason Godinez, Red Cross Area Disaster Manager.

American Red Cross Volunteers have been providing comfort, hope and recovery resources to 54 adults and children displaced by the Tuesday morning 24-unit apartment fire in north Fort Collins.

Wait, make that 55 people! One of the families displaced by the fire had a new baby just last night!

Now these families are on the road to recovery, with help from the Red Cross and other community agencies.

Throughout the week, Red Cross casework, nursing, mental health and sheltering volunteers have been working with the affected families to provide food, shelter, clothing, storage, medical and mental health services, casework and more to provide the families the resources they need to begin putting life back together after disaster.

The Red Cross operated a shelter at Timberline Church through today; in addition to providing overnight lodging, the shelter operated as a hub where families received one-on-one casework, assistance, resources, housing and referrals. Families have been securing temporary housing, and their apartment management has been arranging for alternate units and is preparing to reopen 12 units next week.

Today, Red Cross workers from Denver delivered load of new mattresses from American Furniture Warehouse to provide families with new, clean mattresses as they transition into new housing.

“There has been a lot of need from this fire and we are providing vital care and hope to help these families recover,” said Jason Godinez, Red Cross Area Disaster Manager.

For more information about fire prevention and preparing for other disasters, visit www.redcross.org/Colorado.