Red Cross disaster volunteers continue to provide help, hope and recovery support to residents affected by the four major apartment building fires that occurred in downtown Lewiston over the last two weeks.
Red Cross caseworkers are meeting one-on-one with Lewiston residents who need help as they begin to recover and find temporary housing. The Red Cross is also actively working with other local community groups to identify any unmet needs and what resources are available to help.
As part of this recovery process, the Red Cross shelter at the Lewiston Collisee will be closing Tuesday, May 14 at 10 AM. The number of people staying in the shelter has declined as residents have moved into more suitable housing. Some of the people staying in the shelter are being helped through other community resources and will be relocated to temporary housing.
The Red Cross opens shelters during an emergency to help people who need a safe place to stay. Emergency shelters typically aren’t intended to stay open for long periods of time—that’s why organizations involved in relief efforts strive to help people find more suitable accommodations if their homes are left uninhabitable after a disaster.
Even after the shelter closes, the Red Cross will continue to support Lewiston residents as they continue to recover from this life-changing event. The Red Cross continues to work with our partners in the area, including YWCA, Salvation Army, City of Lewiston, Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Housing, Catholic Charities and others too numerous to list. The Red Cross is grateful for their steadfast support and commitment to helping these Lewiston families start down the long road to recovery.
Immediately after the fires, Red Cross volunteers were able to provide residents with shelter, clothing and food, and replace prescription medications that were lost in the fires. To date, the Red Cross of Maine has mobilized trained disaster workers to fill more than 254 volunteer shifts that:
• Provided hope and comfort to 282 people;
• Served more than 1074 meals during the last ten days;
• Provided 289 emergency shelter stays for people with nowhere else to go
“Thanks to the support of donors, the Red Cross responded immediately to help our neighbors in Lewiston after the tragic fires and we’ll continue to provide hope and support as our community recovers,” said Jennifer Gaylord.
You made sure that we were able to answer the call when help from the Red Cross was what happened next, but we need your support. If you’d like to join us in helping victims of these recent fires in Lewiston and other local fire victims, please consider making a financial contribution to Red Cross Disaster Relief. Donations can be made on-line through our website at www.redcross.org/maine or by sending your gift to the American Red Cross at 1108 Lisbon Street Lewiston, ME 04240.