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Pacific Center Press Release: Supporting the Ghost Ship Family

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12/5/2016

When there really are no words of comfort, the one thing we must do is rise and be there for one another. I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are safe and holding one another close.

The Medical Director for Alameda County Behavioral Health came by our office early this morning and specifically asked for our help because he thought perhaps half of the missing people had ties to the local queer community. As of this morning, we have been told there are 89 people on the “missing list” and most of the work entails being with families who are bringing in DNA samples. We know of one current Pacific Center client and one partner of a former intern here who are on that list and presumed lost, and we suspect there will be many others with ties to the local queer community, based upon the information so far.

1. In response, our clinical director, Louise Monsour is working with the county and we are coordinating therapists to specifically help LGBTQQI 2-Spirit families and loved ones who are showing up at the burned ruins, and waiting. Pacific Center will provide emotional support at the Family Assistance Center from 12pm-6pm daily. The Family assistance Center is located at 2425 E 12th Street, in the Alameda County Building. For more info on the fire, links to resources, and phone numbers for support services: https://www.facebook.com/CityofOakland/ or http://www2.oaklandnet.com/.

2. We will have an ongoing, no cost, grief and trauma support group here every Saturday at 11 AM, starting this Saturday, December 12th. We have committed to continue those groups throughout 2017.

3. If family/loved ones need a space to hold a memorial we will provide it at no charge.

Finally, our doors are open to everyone. You are welcome to stop by…have a cup of tea…talk… or simply be still. We are here for all of us. Licensed therapists who want to help at the official family support center should contact Lewing@pacificcenter.org, rather than our clinical people so that they may focus on the work they must do.

Much love and strength,
Leslie Ewing,
Executive Director
Lewing@pacificcenter.org
510.501.6535
Pacific Center for Human Growth’s mission is to provide mental health and wellness support programs for the LGBTQQI 2-Spirit communities. We are located at 2712 Telegraph Ave., Berkeley CA 94705

Oakland Fire Benefit Show, December 7 – 7pm – 11pm

5743 Horton Street, Suite A, Emeryville, California 94608

Facebook Event Page

DUE TO LARGE RESPONSE WE ARE PLAYING 2 SHOWS IN A ROW NOW.

One show at 7pm and one at 9pm.

THIS IS A BENEFIT SHOW FOR VICTIMS OF THE OAKLAND FIRE. BRING ALL YOUR MONEY.

ALSO, Byo chair! This shows turning out to be a big one so bring a chair to be comfy!

Show is all-ages
$10 at the door
CASH AT THE DOOR

Kimya Dawson plays magical songs on the acoustic guitar. Best known for her role in the Moldy Peaches and the Juno Soundtrack, Kimya is one of the most powerful songwriters in the world.

Fire Relief Event, Donate Goods & Services – Thursday December 8th – 2PM – 8PM

815 Athens Ave, Oakland, CA 94607-3427, United States

Facebook Event Page

We will be collecting donations of goods and services directed towards those that have lost in this tragedy and those we can help in order to avoid such crushing circumstances in the future.

We are working on some google docs spreadsheets to organize resources for grief counseling and other areas of mental health for survivors and the loved ones of those lost. This will be up and running as soon as possible, we will keep everyone updated.

For those of you who had to leave your personal belongings we are accepting donations of the following;
Cell Phones
Chargers
Bikes
Bike Parts
Bike Lights and Locks
Helmets
Wallets
Outerwear
Backpacks, Bike Bags, Purses

If there is anything that you think would be a valuable addition to this list please don’t hesitate to contribute.

If you have any available temporary housing for anyone who has been displaced please let us know.

For those of you living in DIY spaces, and for those of you with less-than-desireable landlords, we are accepting donations of the following;
Fire Extinguishers
Smoke Alarms
Exit Signs

If you have the skillsets to contribute to this we would love to hear from you Electricians, Carpenters, EMT’s, Fire Fighters, Architects, Engineers, Etc.

We will be working towards a goal of making all of our community’s DIY spaces safe. If you have a space that is in need of fine tuning let us know. We will be working on spreadsheets for this as well, with lists of places, neccessities and services needed.

PLEASE SHARE THIS EVENT

We do not have any concrete way of contacting everyone affected by this. The best we can do is blast this out there. If you need anything let us know. Because this is a public event we will have to privately share the address. There will be a bazaar type set up where you can shop around for the things yu need.

If there is anything that you feel we have missed please contribute.

HELPGHOSTSHIP@gmail.com

Help Ghost Ship – Oakland Fire Relief Effort

We love you Oakland!!