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The district gymnasium is housing a host of services that wildfire victims can access to start to rebuild

FEMA, Red Cross and other county entities are headquartered inside the gym at the Molalla River School District office this week and hope to help those who need it find resources and assistance. COURTESY PHOTO: JENNA COOPER - Clackamas County entities have been helping people in the Molalla area with rebuilding their lives after the wildfires. FEMA and other government agencies have been on hand at Molalla High School to help sort out the details.

"We are here as a one-stop shop for community members who have been affected by the Clackamas wildfires," said Kimberly Dinwiddie, public information officer for Clackamas County. "When they come here, they will find assistance from FEMA to help them sign up for disaster assistance. Clackamas County is here as well — people from the department of taxation, building codes, and we have our behavioral health team and other human services here to make sure our community members have the help they need to rebuild."

The resource center at the gym is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 16.

COURTESY PHOTO: PAIGE JURGENSEN - The Red Cross has clean-up kits available this week.Most importantly, said Dinwiddie, is getting the word out to the community that help is in Molalla and agencies are ready to assist those who have suffered due to the wildfires.

"We need help from everybody to make sure that the people who are affected and need those resources know we are here in Molalla to help them," she said. "Not everybody has access to the Internet, social media channels or other digital tools. We're out in the community posting information so people know they can come here to the Molalla River School District gymnasium so they can get the help they need.

"We're asking that community members share this information with neighbors and friends who many need help to rebuild their lives."

For more information on disaster assistance, go to Clackamas.us/wildfires.

Jenna Cooper contributed to this story.


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