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Three families impacted by Rutland fire

Red Cross provided resources in support of the displaced

RUTLAND-Three families were displaced from their Maple Street apartments in Rutland after a late morning fire on May 3. 
In response, the Red Cross mobilized its resources in support of those affected. Volunteers trained in case management met the families to determine emergency needs. Assistance with temporary lodging and financial support to replace food, medication and clothing were offered in addition to mental health counseling to support these residents who have encountered a very distressing and disruptive life event. 

Recovery begins the moment a disaster strikes, and the goal of American Red Cross disaster services is to ensure that the help needed is available through the delivery of timely and compassionate support of our volunteers. As an organization whose disaster services workforce is more than 90% volunteer, there is a keen recognition of their vital role in fulfilling our mission. In our region alone, this combination of generosity, compassion and dedication will be called upon more than 150 times this year.

To be an American Red Cross volunteer, no prior experience is necessary and all the training that is needed is free and will be provided.  To learn more about the American Red Cross volunteer experience, go to www.redcross.org/vermont or contact Angela Russell at 802-660-9130, ext. 107 or angela.russell@redcross.org.