The Long Term Recovery Group's last monthly public meeting was held Tuesday, October 10, 2017. At that time, we discussed successes, challenges, lessons learned, hopes and compassion for other California residents and beyond affected by disastrous fires, floods, storms and other life changing events. We reviewed the VOAD/OES step by step recommendations on “When the Work is Finished” to guide us in producing a final evaluation and summary report.
By year’s end, together with a final summary report, we will determine which materials the City might like to archive from our work and plan for access. Case Management files will be shredded. For any of those very few cases still active, information will be turned over to trained staff at the Weed Family and Community Resource Center.
The LTRG Case Management, Volunteer Coordinator and Construction Coordinator positions under the management of United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) end on November 15, 2017. At that time, each of these amazing people – Andrea Herr, Brenda Duchi and Pat Olson – will move on to their respective employment and volunteer work. Truly, the successes of coordinated recovery efforts are due to their dedication and skills. The Executive Committee of the Long-Term Recovery Group acknowledges that the funding to train and employ local people for this work was critical to the success of the community’s recovery.
Volunteers - Outside of help through Siskiyou Habitat for Humanity, there is one remaining team expected this month from the Loomis Methodist Church. They are returning for the second time this year, their fourth visit over all. Amazing. Since June 2015 when staffing of the Volunteer Coordinator position began, Brenda logged 616 volunteers from outside the area donating an estimated 31,761 hours. Local volunteer hours towards recovery is estimated at over 7,000 hours. This doesn’t include the incredible first response time and organizational efforts of those involved in the immediate aftermath of the fire. This information will be included in a final summary report mentioned above.
Fiscal Report - All outstanding grant projects have been completed. Both Shasta Regional Community Foundation’s Community Disaster Relief Fund and United Way’s Boles Fire Relief Fund have been expended. Details on those expenses have been shared by the individual organizations who can answer any grant related questions. There was more financial support from various sources in the County for Boles Fire survivors, but not all of them worked through the Long-Term Recovery Group, so we can’t report details on those.
Contact info through Nov. 15, 2017:
It has been our pleasure to serve the Weed community as the Volunteer Executive Committee of the Weed Long Term Recovery Group.
Nichole Torsey, Chair,
Sue Tavalero and Margaret Dean, Vice-Chairs
Tina Haynes, Secretary
Audra (Gibson) Beylik, Public Information Officer