ANAHEIM, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2017) — A community assistance center for those impacted by Canyon Fire 2 has helped nearly 50 people since opening Friday morning and is set reopen for a final half-day Monday.
The assistance center, at the East Anaheim Gymnasium, will be closed Sunday as previously scheduled.
The center reopens Monday from 9 a.m. to noon with a smaller staff who will be able to refer those still in need to agencies offering recovery services.
Barring any uptick in demand or change in fire conditions, the assistance center is set to wind down at midday Monday while providing to the public phone numbers and websites of key agencies for further help.
The move marks a positive step in Canyon Fire 2 recovery process as demand for initial help falls off and those impacted move on to the secondary steps of recovery.
Since Friday, the assistance center has served 29 households (families or others living at the same address) and a total of 47 people.
The center has served as a one-stop shop for residents from any city or area affected by the fire and has included representatives from 18 agencies and other service providers who offered one-on-one help with the first steps of the recovery.
On Monday, Anaheim Community Services staff will be on hand to help anyone from any city or area still in need of initial recovery services. They can provide referrals to the providers who were previously on hand at the assistance center on Friday and Saturday.
What: Canyon Fire 2 Assistance Center
Where: East Anaheim Gymnasium, 8165 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road
Final hours: 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 16, barring any unseen uptick in demand
The assistance center is a joint effort by the city of Anaheim, city of Orange, the county of Orange and the American Red Cross, in partnership with other local and state agencies and private service providers.
Many in the community have reached out about donating to those affected by the fire, as well as our first responders. At this time, no physical donation needs have been identified.
Monetary donations for those whose homes were destroyed or damaged are being accepted by the Anaheim Community Foundation.
To donate, visit AnaheimCF.org. Checks made payable to Anaheim Community Foundation can be sent to Anaheim Community Foundation, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd., No. 433, Anaheim, CA 92805.
If you still want to donate items, contact Eastside Christian Church at email@example.com
For critical updates on Canyon Fire 2, please follow Anaheim Fire & Rescue on Twitter (@AnaheimFire) and on Facebook www.facebook.com/AnaheimFireAndRescue).