Birgit Sacher, member of Santa Rosa's Congregation Shomrei Torah, comforts Nicholas and Zoe Miller who lost their home to the fires, Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo/Norm Levin)
Birgit Sacher, member of Santa Rosa's Congregation Shomrei Torah, comforts Nicholas and Zoe Miller who lost their home to the fires, Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo/Norm Levin)

Fire support group, volunteer effort to start in North Bay

The Santa Rosa office of S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services is launching two new initiatives this month, one a support group and the other a volunteer effort, to assist those affected by last fall’s North Bay wildfires.

A July 11 information session is for volunteers interested in becoming fire case aides and offering one-on-one peer support to an individual who has experienced loss or stress as a result of the fires.

“The volunteer would be matched up with a survivor based on their skills and interests,” said Yonat Piva, JFCS clinical care manager. Suggested support activities might include helping to organize calendars and paperwork, driving to appointments or providing companionship by going on walks together. Training and supervision will be available.

The second inititative is a support group for those displaced from their homes or otherwise affected by the fires. It begins on July 20 and will be held every Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. through the end of the year. The free, drop-in sessions will include grief support, sharing, mindfulness and basic support led by a therapist.

The information session for volunteers is from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11 at the JFCS offices, 1360 N. Dutton Ave., Suite C, Santa Rosa. The support group also will meet at JFCS. For more information on the support group, contact YonatP@jfcs.org. For interested volunteers who can’t make the meeting, contact BarbaraT@jfcs.org.

Hannah Jannol
Hannah Jannol

Hannah Jannol is J.'s summer 2018 intern.