Marshall Fire Response
Dear friends affected by the Marshall Fire,
This is such a tender time — losses have been devastating. We will care for each other– taking small steps and creating warm places to console and sustain our community.
Beginning Monday, Jan.17, and ending Monday, Jan. 31 — If you or someone you know is in need of clean water, a hot shower, wifi and a place to work, play space for children, a piano to play, or a quiet refuge, please email MarshallFireSupportScheduling@bvuuf.org. We are monitoring this email address several times a day and will match the person in need with a Host at the Fellowship.
If you have been affected by the disaster, please visit Boulder County’s assistance webpage which includes a list of services at this link.
- Governor’s List of Resources — this is a very comprehensive list. Link here
- Boulder Office of Emergency Management Facebook Page for up-to-date information. Link here.
- Marshall Fire Donations and Resource Center now open at Flatirons Crossing. Link here.
- Boulder Area Rental Housing Association website has lists of available residences for displaced residents. Link here.
- Helping Kids During a Crisis Link here
- Supporting Children Impacted by Wildfires Link here and scroll down to middle of page
- Boulder Office of Emergency Management Link here
- Marshal Fire Scam Alert from Boulder County Link here
- Sign up for Emergency Notifications here
- Disaster Assistance Team List of Relief Resources Link here
- Mental Health services links: Mental Health Partners, Boulder County Crisis Counseling, Colorado Crisis Services, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255.
- For Grief and Support Assistance from Boulder County’s TRU Community Care in person or on Zoom, link here.
- FEMA – Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated counties can begin applying for assistance by registering online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
- Sister Carmen Community Center: gift cards, funds, food, clothing, essentials and more. Link here
- TRU is offering $50 vouchers for use at their thrift store, link here.
- Restaurants Revive free restaurant meals list Link Here
- Air B&B Emergency Stay Link here
- Community Cycles is offering free bikes for transportation Link here
- Official Boulder County Lending a Hand Facebook Page lists locations for free clothing and other information of interest to fire and smoke victims. Beware of scammers as this is a semi-public public page. Link here
- Boulder County Fire Lost and Found Pets Facebook Page Link here
- Pets. Missing, evacuated, found. Humane Society of Boulder Valley Link here.
- Disposal of damaged items. Eco-Cycle’s Center for Hard-to-Recycle Materials is waving fees for smoke/ water damaged mattresses and other items. Link here for more information.
- In addition, it is recommended that anyone who evacuated or has suffered losses or damages contact their insurance company right away for possible help.
We are Here for You
For Pastoral Care please contact:
- Rev. Lydia Ferrante-Roseberry, Senior Minister, is available at email@example.com, (720) 272-8284. If you want to meet with Lydia, please schedule time on her calendar using calendly.com/lydiafr.
- Lisa Moore, Intern Minister, is available at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (303) 946-5884. Lisa has drop-in office hours on Wednesdays from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. and is available other times by appointment, via Calendly, https://calendly.com/internminister.
- Mzia Chatara and Scott Nelson, lay pastoral care coordinators.
Financial Help in Times of Hardship
Our Minister’s Discretionary Fund is available to help those of us in need. Email Rev. Lydia to learn more.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Neighborhood Connectors can provide practical help like meals and errands for those who live nearby. Contact Sharon Hardin and Tanya Accurso at email@example.com to arrange this sort of support.
Message to the Congregation
January 1, 2022
Our hearts are breaking for the incalculable loss our community has suffered these past two days with the devastating wildfire that tore through Boulder County on December 30. Tens of thousands of people were displaced, thousands lost their homes, and many more were traumatized by the fire. Coming on top of the myriad traumas and losses of these last few years, it can be overwhelming.
In our own congregation, we are sad to report that four families lost their homes. Rev. Lydia and other members of our Fellowship have been in touch with all of these folks, already, and will be in the weeks and months ahead.
As we say during our new member ceremony, as a member of our Fellowship, you will be cared for, and asked to care for others. Crises like this are an opportunity to put that covenant into action.
Over the next days, weeks, and months, there will be ways for us to care for those who have lost so much, both within our congregation and beyond. This Sunday, we will take one step by collecting donations to a special Minister’s Discretionary Fund for victims of the Marshall Fire. We urge you to be generous in your support. In addition, please consider whether you or anyone you know may be able to provide temporary housing for our displaced families. Any leads that you can share are welcome.
This is also an opportunity to allow yourself to be cared for. We acknowledge that many of you were affected by the fires, even if you still have a home to return to. Gas shut-offs, frozen pipes, smoke damage, undrinkable water – all are common, and affecting many of our congregation. And the mental health impact of this event cannot be overlooked. See the list below for ways that the Fellowship can support you during this time.
We are considering ways to make our beautiful new building available for those who may need solace, wifi access, even a shower. If you would like to help out with this effort, contact Janet at firstname.lastname@example.org. All of this has to be considered in the context of Covid safety, of course. Stay tuned for more information as we figure these things out. In the meantime, if you have ideas about how our Fellowship can better be of service to you and our surrounding community, please let us know.
With love on behalf of the congregation,
Rev. Lydia, Lisa Moore, Scott Youmans, Janet Meyer, Clara Kelley, Mary Stackpole, Constance Holden, Sharon Hardin, Carol Pranschke, Jessica Laikeman