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The Salvation Army begins assistance operation for Kincade Fire survivors

November 8, 2019

The Salvation Army is once again helping Kincade Fire survivors in Sonoma County. This week, the nonprofit plus state and regional agencies are providing assistance to those impacted by the wildfire. The blaze started near Geyserville on October 23. Within a week, it had destroyed 374 structures, including 174 homes.  

Major Rio Ray, The Salvation Army Officer in charge of social services for Sonoma County said, “That not sound like a large number in comparison to many other disasters that have happened, but that’s 174 families who lost all of their memories, lost everything. The Salvation Army will work alongside those families to help them rebuild.”

The Salvation Army was among the first recovery teams on the ground during the fire. It served more than 8,500 meals to evacuees and first responders. At the height its response, The Salvation Army served breakfast, lunch and dinner at six different evacuation shelters. The nonprofit brought in crews from all over Northern California; Santa Rosa, Napa, Petaluma, Redding, Auburn, Roseville, Oroville, and San Rafael.  

As firefighters gained control of the fire and evacuations were lifted, The Salvation Army participated in a food distribution at the Finley Community Center in Santa Rosa on October 31 and November 1 to help restock empty refrigerators. On top of the fire, much of the area had been without power for days, losing precious food and income. 

The recovery continues this week at the Local Assistance Center at 1557 Healdsburg Ave., in Healdsburg, CA. The Salvation Army is helping survivors navigate their long-term recovery plans through Wednesday, November 6. Hours each day are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Other agencies; Cal OES, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Insurance, Sonoma County Assessor, HOPE Sonoma, Catholic Charities Santa Rosa, American Red Cross, and more will be providing insurance, tax, housing, emotional, counseling assistance. 

The Salvation Army of Santa Rosa is still helping families recover from the 2017 wildfire that decimated entire neighborhoods in the city. The nonprofit has provided over $920,000 in financial assistance to more than 2,000 households and plans to continue helping the community recover from that disaster. The Salvation Army is committed to meeting human needs in the name of God without discrimination. It serves communities before, during and long after disasters strike all through generous donations.