Staff and volunteers with the Mt. Baker Chapter of the American Red Cross continue to provide essential support to the residents of the Cascade West apartment complex, which was gutted by a three-alarm fire late Tuesday night, July 1. All 36 units in the building were destroyed and approximately 200 residents were displaced. That night, the Red Cross disaster action team established a shelter for homeless residents nearby and continues to house 42 people.
“This is a time of great distress for these families. Our team is working directly with all of our community partners to ensure that they have the support needed to get back on their feet quickly,” said Stacy Rice, Executive Director of the Mt. Baker Chapter. “Given the high number of people who have been affected, identifying new housing options for everyone has been the greatest challenge.”
Rice added that a number of residents were able to find temporary housing for a few days following the fire staying with family and friends. After those initial few days, the Red Cross has seen an increase in the number of people seeking shelter. The shelter will remain open until long-term recovery plans are established for all those involved.
Assistance is available to everyone impacted by the apartment fire and Red Cross volunteers continue to assess residents’ needs while providing food, a safe place to stay, financial assistance, as well as health and mental health support. All residents are encouraged to register at the Red Cross shelter for assistance, as well as the Housing Resource Center at Community Action, 330 Pacific Place, Mount Vernon, to access additional resources such as free meal programs, clothing, legal aid and emergency housing needs and longer-term re-housing options.
In-kind donations are still needed and items may be delivered to the following locations:
Mt. Vernon, Marysville, Bellingham and Anacortes facilities will participate and receive donated items
Monday-Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 9am-7pm
224 Chenoweth - Mount Vernon, WA 98273 - (360) 424-0908
935 Peterson Road - Burlington, WA 98233 - (360) 757-0128
123 E Evergreen St. - Mt Vernon - (206) 799-1007
Donations can be dropped off 9-5 any day of the week. Open to clients: Mon 10-3 and Thursday 10-2 - Free haircuts are also available
How You Can Help
Help people affected by disasters like homefires and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small. Visit redcross.org/donate, or call 1-800-REDCROSS. Contributions may also be sent to your local Red Cross chapter, or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.
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 join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.