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Red Cross Continues to Provide Shelter in Schenectady

ALBANY, NY (March 7, 2015) – The American Red Cross is continuing to operate an emergency shelter at Christ Church, 970 State Street, following Friday’s massive fire on Jay Street in Schenectady. In addition to providing meals and snacks, health and mental health services, and client casework to help people begin the recovery process, the Red Cross has set up several computers to allow those affected by the fire to register themselves as “Safe and Well”.

The Red Cross Safe and Well website, accessible at www.redcross.org/safeandwell, enables people to let family and friends know that they are safe after a disaster. Loved ones looking for people affected by a disaster can also visit www.redcross.org/safeandwell to search registrants. Anyone affected by the Jay Street fire is encouraged to register as safe and well by visiting the Red Cross shelter at Christ Church or accessing www.redcross.org/safeandwell from any computer or smart phone.

Red Cross workers opened the shelter at Christ Church around 7:00 A.M. on Friday morning. Since then, 30 people have been served by Red Cross caseworkers and a total of 14 people spent the night in the shelter on Friday evening. Additional fire victims have received meals, health services and other support. The Red Cross is prepared to continue offering shelter and other assistance through the weekend as needed. Red Cross caseworkers will remain available to aid additional clients with their recovery, whether or not they are staying at Christ Church.

All Red Cross assistance is provided free of charge, thanks to the generosity of the public. Community partners and local businesses including Christ Church, Cornell’s Restaurant, Price Chopper, the Salvation Army, Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM), Stewart’s Shops, and Treviso by Mallozzi’s are supporting this disaster response by donating meals, snacks and supplies for those affected by Friday’s fire.

In light of the ongoing Red Cross response, MVP Health Care has committed to match donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief until Friday, March 13, up to a total of $5,000. You can help people affected by disasters like the Jay Street fire 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.

To have your Disaster Relief donation matched by MVP Health Care, visit www.redcross.org/mvphealthcare-emp or send a check to the American Red Cross of Northeastern New York, 33 Everett Road, Albany, NY 12205 with “MVP Match” printed in the memo line. Donations may also be made by phone, Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M., by calling (518) 694-5108.

The Salvation Army will accept donated items for victims of the Jay Street fire. Items may be dropped off at the Salvation Army, located at 222 Lafayette Street in Schenectady. Anyone with questions about such donations should call (518) 728-1079.

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 www.redcross.org.