First of all, we do hope that you and those you love are safe and sound. All Verity staff members and their families are safe as of now, although a few have had to evacuate. Our building on Piner Road is still standing and in good condition, especially considering the wreckage in the area. The rest of our neighborhood is bleak and burnt, and rebuilding isn’t going to be easy. We will not be returning to the office this week, but our staff who are able to are visiting evacuation centers and volunteering all over the county to make sure there is no lapse in services.
Our crisis line is (707) 545-7273. Even if you need to process the trauma of this disaster, unrelated to sexual violence, we are here to listen.
If you would like to request an in-person visit to a specific place, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an advocate visit. If you know of a specific place that needs more volunteerpower, please also reach out to email@example.com and we will try to get some of our peoplepower out there.
You can check our Facebook page for the most updated resources for volunteering and resources, and please feel free to comment or message us on that platform to get a hold of us.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank needs a lot of volunteerpower and financial support. If you’d like to volunteer, call 707.523.7900 first to make sure they still need your help.
From their website:
In order for us to continue meeting the existing need and increase our provision of help, we need your support.
- Make a financial donation. We have the capacity to increase the amount of food we provide to the community – we just need the financial resources to make this possible.
- Bring food donations to the REFB right now. We are in dire need of ready-to-eat, non-perishable foods that we can provide to the evacuation centers immediately. These foods should be easy to open and easy to eat – many shelters do not have kitchens for heating and preparing food. Please do not bring glass containers.
Please note, the off-ramp at Airport Blvd. is currently closed in both directions. To get to our facility, please take the Shiloh Road exit heading west, take a left on Skylane Blvd., until you meet Airport Blvd. again. Our address is 3990 Brickway Blvd., Santa Rosa, CA
Petaluma People’s Services also needs volunteerpower answering phones and coordinating potential housing for victims of the fire. Their address is at 1500A Petaluma Blvd South, Petaluma, CA 94952. Please call them at (707) 765-8488 to make sure they still need volunteers before heading over.
The material needs of the shelters in Petaluma change constantly. If you have things to donate, please hold onto them for another day or so. Supplies are surely going to need to be replenished, but shelters only have so much room. Please continue to check this living Google Document with updating lists of resources available and needs from the community.
We have support systems all over the state and country. Rape Trauma Services of San Mateo County is helping staff our crisis line; they have access to the same list of resources that we give our new Crisis Line Volunteers, and are staffing our line 24/7 so that we have more agency to go be out in the field, in evacuation centers, meeting with clients, and going with survivors to the hospital and law enforcement interviews.
The Crisis Call Center in Nevada is also offering to help anyone who is in crisis: they have a 24/7 crisis line that you are welcome to call 775-784-8090. If you’d prefer to text, they have a text line. Text the word “Listen” to 839863 to be connected to someone. From the Center:
“We won’t have access phone numbers to the local services, shelters and such in Santa Rosa but we can help anyone that may be feeling overwhelmed or are feeling heightened levels of anxiety and talk with them through their crisis until they are feeling stronger. We can google services for them if needed. We are a confidential crisis line and a safe place to talk. If our call room staff or volunteers are all on the phones any call that comes in will roll over to the national suicide hotlines which is 1800-273-8255 – they help people experiencing trauma too… not just those feeling suicidal. Sending healing thoughts to everyone at Verity and all of those touched by the fires.”
Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Verity if there’s anything we can do to support you through this trying time.
We are so thankful for the resilience of this community.