Fire victims group to meet 1.06.2010

Written by David Green.

Who knows better the complications faced after a house fire than those who have already experienced the tragedy themselves?
That’s the philosophy behind the Fire Victim Advocates of Lenawee County.
The non-profit group has scheduled a meeting in Morenci to provide information and generate interest in joining the organization. The meeting is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Pizza Box.
The group organized in 2008, said Dennis Fox of Adrian, and now has more than 20 members. The group has the goal of helping fire victims rebound from the ordeal of a house fire by providing assistance and guidance in the months following the fire, beginning with immediate help at the time of the event.
Nearly everyone in the group is a victim of a fire, Fox said. Their experience can help others avoid some pitfalls that are easy to fall into.
Victims are often pressured to make major decisions in a short amount of time, Fox said, and they can become “re-victimized” and taken advantage of. The advocates group offers a checklist of what to do in the first 24 hours after a fire and follows that up with additional support.
Fire Victim Advocates works alongside law enforcement, fire departments, the Red Cross and other aid organizations to provide as much support as possible.
Fox invites anyone in the area to attend the meeting to learn more about the group or to share personal experiences.
For more information, call Fox at 517/673-2263 or write to [email protected]
  • Front.nok Hok
    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
  • Station.2
    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
  • Front.leaves
    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
  • Front.band
    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
  • Front.poles
    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
  • Front.cowboy
    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016