October 23, 2017

North Bay Fire Update

UPDATED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 AT 9:30 P.M.

Tickets for the Band Together Bay Area concert go on sale Friday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. All proceeds benefit North Bay Fire Relief. Find tickets at BandTogetherBayArea.org.

 

UPDATED MONDAY, OCTOBER 23 AT 4:07 P.M.

All Catholic Charities programs are open.

The exact extent of the impact is unknown, but it is undoubtedly one of California’s worst catastrophes. Experts claim the impact on the economy, jobs, human life, wildlife, and ecosystems will have long-term effects.  We have set up a fund to help with the fire relief. Click here to give: North Bay Fire Relief.

Catholic Charities CYO Camp in Occidental, California was honored to host 66 firefighters from LA County and Long Beach. The firefighters had been working 24-hour shifts and sleeping in their trucks. When we heard that they needed a place to stay, we immediately made CYO Camp available and got ready preparing meals and doing their laundry to make them feel comfortable. For many of the firefighters, they were able to take their first shower in over five days of fighting the fires once they got to CYO Camp. We were so blessed to be able to offer them hospitality and a welcoming place to rest.

 

 

UPDATE THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017 AT 9:44 A.M.

Catholic Charities CYO Camp will resume normal operations on Monday, October 23rd.   While we were never in the evacuation zone, our number one priority is safety for our guests and staff.   The current air quality conditions have greatly improved and local schools are back in session as of Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  The past two weeks have been a difficult time for residents of Sonoma County.  Even though we were not able to serve schools during this time, we dedicated our facility and staff to supporting first responders by doing their laundry and housing fire crews at CYO Camp.  We are now safe to resume normal operations, and we ask you to please join us in continuing to pray for the fire fighters and all those impacted in the North Bay.

 

UPDATED MONDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT 9:10 A.M.

All programs at Catholic Charities CYO Camp have been canceled at least until next Thursday. The staff have been assisting with support to fire fighters and evacuation centers. Fire crews are rotating at 24 hour shifts. Over 400 fire crew members from all over the state and beyond have arrived nearby.  The camp will house overflow and be available to emergency responders as needed. Catholic Charities is coordinating with evacuation sites and will prepare camp for overflow evacuees as well.

St. Rita Church, located at 100 Marinda Drive, Fairfax, CA has made the following available for evacuees:

  1. St. Rita Parish Hall & Church – evacuation center (Please note, Immigration and Customs Enforcement will not allowed on site. No questions about immigration status will be asked.)
  1. St. Rita Thrift Store – clothing and household at no cost.
  1. St. Rita Pantry – a variety of non-perishable food items and water

 

St. Rita Catholic Church
100 Marinda Drive
Fairfax, CA 94930

UPDATED SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 AT 10:39 A.M.

Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club in San Rafael will be closed on Monday.

The exact extent of the impact is unknown, but it is undoubtedly one of California’s worst catastrophes. Experts claim the impact on the economy, jobs, human life, wildlife, and ecosystems will have long-term effects.  We have set up a fund to help with the fire relief. Click here to give: North Bay Fire Relief. 

The Marin Organizing Committee has shared the following additional list of resources:

SHELTERS

KQED Shelter Map – A clear map and list shows both full and open shelters.

HOW TO VOLUNTEER

  • Please do not go directly to shelters to volunteer – register first.
  • Sign up with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership. Make sure to say yes to “Contact me in the event of a disaster.”
  • The Red Cross is in need of volunteers. Register at the link.

MISSING PERSONS

Red Cross Safe and Well – Register or search for missing persons.

FIRE MAPS

The up-to-date fire maps can be found HERE, on the Press Democrat website or on the  CalFire map, found here.

 

UPDATED FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 AT 2:14 P.M.

Catholic Charities CYO Camp will remain closed through Wednesday, October 18 due to air quality.

 

UPDATED THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT 4:30 P.M.

Catholic Charities Canal Family Support Kids Club in San Rafael will be closed on Friday, October 13 due to air quality.

 

UPDATED THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12 AT 11:17 A.M.

Catholic Charities Treasure Island Child Development Center will be closed on Friday, October 13 due to air quality.

If you would like to donate to support fire victims and first responders, click here.

 

UPDATED ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10

Due to the fires in Sonoma County, Catholic Charities CYO Camp and Retreat Center has decided to indefinitely halt programming beginning, Monday, October 9 and will be closed through Sunday, October 15. While we are not currently in the evacuation zone, our number one priority is safety. The current air quality conditions as a result of the fires continues to pose a risk to the health and safety of students, teachers and staff. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will provide updates if/when the air quality changes and it is safe to resume programming. Please join us in praying for the firefighters, those in the evacuation zones, and all who are impacted by the fires.