Colorado Springs’ nonprofits are banding together to continue to help victims of the Waldo Canyon fire.
Called the long-term recovery group, the local nonprofits will coordinate services and share resources to help families and the community recover in the aftermath of one of the most costly fires in the state’s history.
“Of course, our community will always bear the scars of this disaster, “ said Mark Rohlena, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of Southern Colorado and the co-chairman of the new group. “But our neighbors will need long-term support and services to attain what will be for us the ‘new normal.’”
Michelle Swanson of First Presbyterian Church is also co-chairing the collaborative group.
Catholic Charities has already had an increase in requests for assistance with daily living expenses from people who were employed in the tourist industry and are now out of work.
“We will reach out to assist anyone who needs a helping hand – whether that be counseling, financial assistance, housing assistance and other needed physical, spiritual and emotional supports>”
The LTRB represents about two dozen nonprofits, volunteer and faith-based organizations. The group identified areas of need and broke into small group to work on action plans. They areas identified included: financial and income assistance, housing, child care, mental health and spiritual care, assistance for the disabled, small business recovery, disaster case management and communications.
The group will use the same blueprint that has worked in other disasters – tornadoes, hurricanes and the World Trade Center bombing.
At this time, the primary manner of accessing recovery services is through the Disaster Recovery Center or 211. The center is located at 105 N. Spruce St., just off Bijou and I-25 in Colorado Springs.
Groups involved are:
2-1-1 Referral Line of United Way of Pikes Peak
Adventists Community Services
American Red Cross
Calvary United Methodist Church
Calvary United Methodist Church and United Methodist Committee on Relief
Care and Share Foodbank of Southern Colorado
Christian Reform World Disaster Response Network
Christian Reform World Relief Services
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Colorado Baptist Convention/Southern Baptist Convention
Colorado Land & Trust
Colorado Emergency Management
Colorado Springs Housing Authority
Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
Ecumenical Social Ministries
First Christian Church
Jewish Community of Colorado Springs
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Recovery Services
New Life Church
Rocky Mountain Community Land Trust
Southern Baptist Disaster
United Church of Christ
United Methodist Church
United Methodist Committee on Relief
Village & Presbyterian Church
Woodman Valley Chapel
Catholic Charities of Central Colorado