The Marshall Fire swept through the communities of Superior and Louisville on December 30, 2021. As of January 4, 2022, more than 15 families holding membership in the Rocky Mountain Synod (RMS) and 2 families of RMS pastors were among the hundreds who lost their homes.
A meeting with RMS Bishop Jim Gonia, Lutheran Disaster Relief (LDR), Lutheran Family Services (LFS), ministers and council leaders of the Boulder-Broomfield Conference was held on January 3, 2022. John Pyron, a representative from LDR explained that we will have months of organized chaos. We are in the Relief phase. During this phase, it may seem like we can do very little aside from make donations as requested. This is because the help needed at this time must come from people trained to handle early stages of disaster and crisis.
In the coming weeks and months, our responsibilities as neighbors will grow as we enter the Recovery phase. Those who have lived through other fires, floods, or disasters, know that it takes a village and time to raise up and rebuild.
The RMS is forming a Disaster Response team to work with LDR, LFS and other community organizations to prepare for the Recovery phase. For now, we at Bethlehem will watch and listen for the needs in our community, we will respond when we can, and we pray always.
Opportunities to Donate
We ask the community that ALL offers of donations, supplies and volunteer services be directed through the links below. Please DO NOT bring supplies to shelters, fire stations, police stations or other locations. The financial support opportunities listed are the official links shared by ELCA and county organizations. Please beware that there are scam donation sites.
To donate materials, food, water, and services (discounted, free, or otherwise): https://bouldercounty.wufoo.com/forms/donations/, https://sistercarmen.org/marshall-fire-relief/, or https://www.commfound.org/blog/marshall-fire-donations-center
Rocky Mountain Synod Fire Relief Donation: https://tithe.ly/give?c=64074
Christ the Servant Lutheran Church Fire Relief Donation: https://secure.myvanco.com/YJYT/campaign/C-11TKH
ELCA Disaster Relief Donation:
Boulder County Wildfire Fund (managed by Community Foundation Boulder County): https://www.coloradogives.org/COfires
If you would like to help provide housing in response to this disaster, Airbnb’s Open Homes Program helps connect those who have been displaced with willing hosts in the area. They are accepting new host sign-ups at https://www.airbnb.com/
Opportunities To Volunteer
To volunteer through Bethlehem Lutheran or the Boulder-Broomfield Conference: https://forms.gle/Fuze9aDEMbAkhUcg8
To volunteer to support recovery efforts: https://coloradoresponds.communityos.org/
Resources for Those Affected by Disaster
FEMA: Register for assistance online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for the hearing and speech impaired.
Boulder County Disaster Assistance Center: Provides consultation on property loss and insurance claims, gift cards for food and transportation, short- and long-term housing information, shelter referral, food assistance, Covid-19 tests, mental health services. 1755 South Public Road, Lafayette, CO, 9 am – 7 pm daily.
Housing Resource List by Boulder Area Housing Resource Association: https://www.barhaonline.org/available-properties-for-displaced-tenants/