The families affected by the Birch Street Apartment fire a couple weeks ago lost nearly everything. They lost their home and belongings. Aside from the Red Cross, one local community organization is helping the families recover.

As previously reported in the Post-Register March 31, a fire at the Birch Street Apartments on March 22 resulted in three families being displaced.

A press release from GCFD#3 deemed four units uninhabitable but only three had been occupied. Two apartments had suffered heavy fire damage, while the other two apartments suffered water and smoke damage.

Daniel Castillo, a Pastor of the Quincy Free Methodist Church, Chaplain for the Quincy Police Department and coordinator for Serve Quincy Valley is assisting the displaced families.

The type of the three family units affected:

• Family one: A mom and two kids

• Family two: A mom, her adult daughter and two children

• Family three: An adult female, three children and a baby

“An apartment fire last night devastated several local Quincy families. Between Red Cross, Serve Quincy, and families’ relatives, affected families are being provided with a place to stay, food and basic needs. Permanent housing is being arranged,” shared Serve Quincy Valley on their Facebook page the following day.

As the families get situated, Castillo will help families through Serve Quincy Valley, transition and obtain the items they need for their new housing.

Serve Quincy Valley is an organization that will help the families longer than most emergency services such as the Red Cross, and will help with more than just their basic needs. He also checks in with them regularly to see how they are doing in all aspects of the situation including emotional wellbeing.

For members of the community that would like to help, Castillo said that monetary donations go the farthest because they can be used to meet the families’ exact needs and can stretch into things such as rental assistance that physical donations cannot.

Castillo asked that the public hold off on donating household items such as furniture and clothes until the families are settled because the families do not have space or storage for those kinds of items yet.

He mentioned that there are a lot of things that people may not think about that could greatly help the families starting over such as personal hygiene items, toilet paper, toys for the children, laundry detergent and non-perishable household staple items.

To donate money for current basic needs, contact Serve Quincy Valley at 509-797-7356 or, or drop off/mail checks to Serve Quincy Valley, PO Box 1259, Quincy, WA 98848.

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