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Black Forest Recovery Efforts Continue

Published On: Jul 15 2013 06:08:01 PM CDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2013 11:54:12 AM CDT

The emergency relief fund helps hundreds of families.


Nearly 500 homes burned during the Black Forest Fire, and those families lost everything. Now, Black Forest Fire victims are getting more help. Nonprofits are putting emergency fund money to use. One organization has already helped 100 families.

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation created the Emergency Relief Fund to help with Black Forest recovery efforts.

“It feel pretty amazing to be involved in a process where you know that funds are going directly to people who are being affected by something so devastating,” said Kate Singh with the Pikes Peak Community Foundation.

Singh said the foundation has raised $200,000, and more money is coming in. It's going to places like Tri-Lakes Cares.

“We had one lady who came in and said, ' You wouldn't believe how expensive it is just to replace the spices in your spice cabinet,’” said Haley Chapin, the executive director of Tri-Lakes Cares.

Tri-lakes cares is a small nonprofit, but it has helped 100 families using grant money from the PPCF.

Victims can get food, toiletries, and even food for their pets. At the thrift shop next door fire victims can shop for free.

“We are the ones that get to see those tears of joy and those tears of hope, that they can actually move on and that the community is here to support them,” said Chapin

The Pikes Peak Community Foundation is still taking applications from nonprofits needing grant money. Four more organizations will be getting grant checks this week.

Tri-Lakes Cares takes walk-in appointments Mondays and Thursdays, or you can call 719-481-4864 to make an appointment.


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