1. Room One is providing direct services to families in need. We have a growing fund to give directly to survivors of the fire and those whose lives are impacted most by the disaster. We have been inundated with those in need over the last week and are seeing no decrease as the week comes to an end. We know the need will only grow.
2. Room One is also acting as a clearinghouse for information on relief efforts -- survivors and general community members can call or come by Room One to be directed to the various resources now being housed throughout the Valley, and federal, state and organizational support to come. We are already coordinating and consolidating efforts across the region to reduce duplication, build in efficiency and best serve the people who need it most. We will be key participants in a new Long Term Recovery Organization, and in creating a network of partnerships across the region so that ALL affected areas can access available resources. Our job is to make sure all voices have a seat at the table.
3. In accordance with the ongoing community feedback and current protocol from emergency management teams, we are hiring a Disaster Case Manager for a term of one year. This position will help survivors obtain benefits from FEMA, the Small Business Association, insurance, charities and beyond. They will also provide wrap around services addressing mental and physical health, basic needs, and crisis care. Aligning Room One's values, this position will utilize an advocacy-based approach and employ best practices in rural social and health services.