Forum hosts wildfire relief clinic

Forum hosts wildfire relief clinic

13 February 2008

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USA –Ramona Forum will host a Wildfire Relief Fund clinic featuring information about the yearlong Wildfire Recovery Project at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The project offers crisis counseling, resources, and referrals for fire victims/survivors. It is funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), contracted to San Diego County, and managed by three nonprofits: Mental Health Systems, New Alternatives, and Community Research Foundation, according to information from Ramona Forum.

Six outreach workers are based in Ramona. They meet where it is convenient for the individuals and families seeking assistance. They describe the crisis counseling they offer as practical and focused on listening to people’s stories and problem solving, not clinical or psychological. When they work with someone in need of more mental health help, they refer the person.

In addition, they refer people to other organizations that can answer insurance and rebuilding questions and help get new furniture, clothes, appliances, and other needs.

For more information, call Mental Health Systems at 760-787-0408, New Alternatives Inc. at 760-270-8882, or Community Research Foundation at 619-236-8110.

Ramona Forum meets in the Sizzler restaurant at 344 Main St.

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