The American Red Cross Serving Greater San today hosted a luncheon to honor the former residents of the Wedgwood Senior Living Apartments, who were affected by a devastating fire in December. The luncheon was an opportunity for more than 100 residents to reunite and rebuild a sense of community after being separated by the fire.
As neighbors in Wedgwood, the residents were accustomed to greeting each other in the hallways, enjoying social activities and sharing meals together. Since the fire, the residents have found new homes with help from the Red Cross—but they are no longer just a few doors down from their close friends. Because emotional health is such an important part of the recovery process, the Red Cross recognizes the importance of helping the residents stay connected while they continue on their journey toward recovery.
“This is a chance for friends to get together and enjoy each other’s company. It’s about looking forward and supporting one another in the recovery process,” said Monica Reyes, Executive Director of the American Red Cross Serving Greater San Antonio. “For the Red Cross volunteers who worked around the clock to help these folks after the fire, it’s amazing to reconnect with them and celebrate their resiliency.”
In addition to facilitating emotional recovery, the Red Cross provided the luncheon attendees with tools for staying in touch in the future, including address books for recording their friends’ new contact information.
In the aftermath of the Wedgwood fire, dedicated Red Cross disaster volunteers served more than 10,000 meals and snacks; provided more than 122 comfort kits; made more than 600 health services checks; and opened 143 cases. While the road to recovery is long, the Red Cross will stick with these residents as they move forward.
The luncheon was generously sponsored by WellMed, Don Strange of Texas, Inc., Texas A&M University San Antonio A&M Club, Total Lawn & Sprinkler, Inc., Cross Hill Junction, Goen South, Brigman Enterprises, and Office Depot/Office Max.
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. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.