Updated information from the Weed Long Term Recovery Group about committee work, future events, and holiday hours for the Survivor Store and Siskiyou Food Assistance.

As we move together out of immediate disaster relief and into longer term recovery, the focus moves to providing education and funding that strengthens the community as a whole.

This process will take years, and we have made a lot of progress already!

It is becoming increasingly obvious that since the departure of the Emergency Services personnel after the incident disaster, the Shasta Regional Community Foundation and the establishment of the Weed Long Term Recovery Group with its various committees and relationship with the City of Weed are holding the space for the community to work effectively towards recovery.

Having a model from communities who have had disaster experience through the Volunteer Organizations Assisting Disasters (VOAD) has been invaluable.

Here are some things we wanted to share with you as we head into the Christmas holidays:

Survivor Store

The Survivor Store at 616 S. Weed Blvd still has household items, including Christmas items for fire families.

Their hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon – 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The last day for this distribution center is Tuesday, Dec. 30! Please pick up items you would like before then.

Ray’s Food Cards will be distributed there during the hours noted on Dec. 16, 18, and 20. Remember to bring your fire card!

Case Management

Case Management continues to coordinate immediate needs for the most vulnerable families who have lost their homes and may or may not be planning to rebuild.

Case Management is located at the Weed Family and Community Resource Center, 260 Main Street. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Weed FCRC Holiday Hours are Mondays and Tuesdays Dec 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The WFCRC will be closed on Dec 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Resources Committee

Leon Thompson is heading this committee which is working hard to develop a long term volunteer base and funding resources.

Leon wants a strong working committee of eight members, and says he’s almost there!

If you are interested, he invites you to contact him via email at weedltrg@gmail.com.

Construction Committee

This committee is working with the city to remove obstacles to the rebuilding process.

Plans are in the works for community workshops in the new year to help people in their rebuilding options and process.

If you have specific needs you would like addressed, email them to weedltrg@gmail.com

Siskiyou Food Assistance

Siskiyou Food Assistance continues at COS Building 11 on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

They will be open Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.

SRCF Disaster Relief Fund

As of December 9, 2014, a total of $200,461.62 in total grants has been distributed.

Of that total, $153,764.68 were made because of a donor advised contribution to a specific organization.

Grant distributions made at the recommendation of the Executive Committee of the Weed Long Term Recovery Group and Shasta Regional Community Foundation total $46,696.94.

Save the Dates

• Tuesday, Jan. 13 and Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 (location and times will be posted at weed.recovers.org)

United Policy Holders community workshop and individual assistance – You may want to attend this meeting before making any decisions about your insurance policy.

There is no charge for this trusted group to help you make smart decisions. Interpreters will be available.

Designed to help property owners understand options and timing related to their insurance policies and an offer to work one on one with you to understand your unique situation regarding insurance policy decisions. http://www.uphelp.org

• Next Town Hall meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015 in the Weed High School Gym at 7 pm.

Agenda will include updates on recovery from both the City staff, council, invited speakers and the Weed Long Term Recovery Group.

Visit www.weed.recovers for community updates and a calendar of events of interest and other opportunities to those affected by the fire.

Happy Holidays!