Denver, 4 p.m., Monday, Sep. 21, 2015 – The American Red Cross continues to support the people and families affected by the multi-unit fire at the Country Club Villas apartment complex.
A Red Cross shelter remains open at the following location:
Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church
1596 S. Dayton St.
Denver, CO 80247
Eighteen people stayed at the shelter Saturday night and twelve people stayed at the shelter Sunday night. The Red Cross has provided three meals-a-day and has provided more than 200 meals to those affected. Red Cross nurses have provided for immediate medical needs including prescriptions and they have made arrangements for those people with functional and access needs.
"This has been a difficult time for the residents of the Country Club Villas,” said Christine Manson, disaster program manager for the Red Cross. "Those staying in our shelter are struggling with their personal needs but are appreciative that the Red Cross is there for them.”
Many of the shelter residents are from other countries and several are non-English speakers. Friday and Saturday members of the Colorado Red Cross International Services team were at the shelter to help answer questions about immigration, lost documentation and contacting relatives outside of the U.S.
The Red Cross disaster team has been working closely with a variety of agencies in an effort to provide support for those affected, both short term and long term. The Red Cross is encouraging those displaced residents to work closely with Arapahoe County to find longer term housing. They can contact the Arapahoe County Department of Human Services at 303-636-1130.
More information about the status of the shelter, feeding, and plans for continued services for those who are not able to return to their homes will be released when it is available.