During the recent Jesusita Fire, the coordination of VOAD partner members was extraordinary, helping to support a massive relief operation that destroyed close to 100 homes.
The American Red Cross sheltered close to 1,000 evacuees between the Dos Pueblos HS and UCSB shelters, offered free mental health services, and distributed meals for several days into the affected areas after evacuation orders were lifted.
The Salvation Army, Community Action Commission, and the Southern Baptists provided the majority of meals, with the Food Bank donating the bulk of the food as well as multiple pallets of water.
SB Cares, the government umbrella for all animal services in the county, boarded hundreds of small and large animals through their extensive network of pet care facilities, including the Humane Society.
When there was a need for increased air circulation at the UCSB shelter, Service Master Anytime offered their powerful air blowers. The Family Service Agency/211 directed hundreds of phone calls to appropriate community resources, EasyLift was busy evacuating residents from various nursing-care facilities, and Direct Relief International handed out face-masks at various locations in Santa Barbara.
The Unity Shoppe, Catholic Charities, and Alpha Thrift sorted through the in-kind donations and will continue to provide help throughout the Long Term Recovery (LTR) process to those who lost their homes. The United Way established a Long Term Recovery fund, and the American Red Cross will be doing the casework for all those that lost their homes and presenting the cases before the Long Term Recovery Committee, consisting of members for many of the above organizations.