News: Joint Base coordinating assistance to displaced townhouse fire families
Story by Joseph P Cirone
WASHINGTON – Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling continues to facilitate and provide support services to the victims of yesterday’s townhouse fire, which gutted two homes and displaced a total of five families.
The JBAB Military and Family Support Center is serving as the primary point of contact and advocate for the families, ensuring they receive the support and assistance needed.
MFSC social workers and other personnel are coordinating with Lincoln Military Housing, the public-private housing partner for the Bellevue Housing area; American Red Cross National Capital Region Disaster Relief personnel; military and other community resources being made available to the families to help them recover from the fire and need to relocate to alternate housing on base.
Tamara Calandra, wife of Joint Base commander, Navy Capt. Anthony T. Calandra, is working with Navy and Air Force wives’ clubs and thrift stores at JBAB to further assist the families.
Within three minutes of being made aware of the fire and well before fire apparatus cleared from the fire scene, yesterday; military and civilian personnel, families, commands and units were reaching out to JBAB Public Affairs with offers of help to the victims.
One Navy and one Army family occupied the now gutted homes. JBAB’s joint service spirit and strong sense of community was again displayed as personnel affiliated with all five military branches not only made offers to help, but began acting and organizing relief efforts.
Typical of the outpouring of concern and help was the response that came from the Ombudsman for U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington, a JBAB mission partner located on the installation, “Please let us know if anyone will be collecting donations for the families involved. We would like to help in any way we can.”
While the families were at the fire scene dealing with various issues and working with JBAB, Red Cross and Lincoln Military Housing personnel in order to take care of their immediate and emergency needs, military and civilian personnel located on and off base were already thinking about how to help the families in the days and weeks ahead. Many people asked the question, “What do they need?” Others provided some answers.
Voluntarily given donations of household or clothing items for the families, may be taken to the MFSC in Bldg. 13 on Brookley Avenue on the installation. Questions regarding the voluntary donations for the items can be addressed by the MFSC at 202-767-0450.
Voluntarily given cash donations intended for the families cannot be accepted by JBAB.