FREMONT – The Red Cross emergency flood shelter at Fremont’s First Lutheran church is currently serving over 100 people – and more are arriving than leaving. As of 4PM on Friday, First Lutheran Church is nearly at capacity.
If you are evacuating and need a place to stay, Trinity Lutheran Church (1546 N Luther Rd, Fremont) and Salem Lutheran Church (401 E Military Ave, Fremont) are also opening their doors to displaced victims.
Christensen Field’s hog barn has now been set up to accommodate pets, especially dogs, who are part of displaced families in the area. If you can safely get to Christensen Field, you can “board” your dog in one of the pens set up with blankets and other comforts. Food and exercise is your responsibility – but this is a safe place for your pets if you are currently staying in a shelter.
Every need, from single people to families with small children to elderly couples have been evacuated from their homes and are currently being sheltered by the Red Cross operation at the church’s mission center. As the need rises, other areas of the church are being opened.
There has been an outpouring of support already. In fact, so many people have offered their assistance that, for now, the shelter no longer needs volunteers. Instead, they need supplies: sleeping bags, blankets, cots or rollaway beds, packaged snacks and bottled water are in high demand at the shelter.
The Fremont Area United Way still has a team at the shelter to help make sure residents are connected with community services that can help them get back on their feet after the danger has passed. In the meantime, the team will help make sure everyone at the shelter has those immediate needs filled: a safe place to stay, food and water, and someone to talk to. The shelter even has a therapist, Michele Missel, on hand.
If you have supplies you would like to donate, please drop them off at First Lutheran Church – 3200 Military Avenue in Fremont.