Wellspring residents displaced by fire have nothing
Wellspring provides housing and hope for adults with serious mental illness, and has been a member since CNPE was formed. We just got this urgent message from Wellspring CEO Katharine Dobbins, which we urge you to either act on or broadcast to others who can help:
We have heartbreaking news: A devastating fire has displaced seven disabled residents and caused major damage to a Wellspring-owned property. We urgently need your assistance!
The property caught fire early on Saturday, November 28. Luckily, none of the seven tenants were physically harmed, but they have lost everything! These clients – who had so very little to begin with – have nothing now. The Red Cross provided initial vouchers, but we desperately need monetary donations to help provide housing assistance and personal items for these seven women and men. Items needed include housing assistance (funds for temporary hotels or long-term, extended stays), clothing (men’s and women’s), microwavable food, fast food gift cards, and personal hygiene supplies (toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, etc.)
We are still assessing the damage. This is traumatic for those who lived there (all of them live well below the federal poverty level). It also has a tremendous impact on Wellspring.
If you can assist with an immediate financial gift, we would truly appreciate your help. Monetary donations give us the most flexibility to help those displaced by this tragedy. (Use the nearby button.)
Please remember these clients who have lost what little they had, and help us to remind them that a generous community surrounds them.
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If you can help Wellspring in some way — thank you. Meanwhile, please take care of yourself and each other.
Ann L. Coffey, CEO