Roosevelt Fire recovery fund calls for applications

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Mental health care is available to those impacted by fire

Following the generosity

of many donors and spurred by the matching

challenge issued by Foster and Lynn Friess,

the Roosevelt Fire Disaster Recovery Fund

has received $410,862.19 as of March 25.

Donations have come in from hundreds of

donors from across the country, from individuals

and groups. “We are grateful for them all,”

said Lions Club member Mindi Crabb.

The Lions of Wyoming Foundation receives

and processes all contributions and then

forwards them to the Pinedale Lions Club for

distribution.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to

help support Roosevelt Fire victims can make

checks out to the Lions of Wyoming Foundation

and send them to 224 Talon Court, Cheyenne,

Wyo., 82009. Please indicate “Roosevelt

Fire” in the memo line. Tax letters will be sent

to all donors.

To date, the Roosevelt Fire Fund Distribution

Committee has made two rounds of distributions

to individuals and families that suffered

losses in the fire for a total of $126,294.57. In

addition to this, a one-time distribution was

made to the Hoback Ranches Service and Improvement

District in the amount of $100,000

in support of mitigation and recovery efforts

focused on core community infrastructure that

will help ensure the safety of people in the impacted

areas and allow people to access properties

to clear debris and begin the rebuilding

process. The remaining funds are anticipated

for distribution to individuals and families.

Depending on the snowmelt, thaw cycle

and the location of properties, it is expected

that many people will not able to access their

properties until June. Only at this point will

many be able to assess the damage, get estimates

for the necessary work, discuss losses

with insurance companies and begin the work

of recovery. However, the Distribution Committee

also recognizes that there are many with

more immediate needs that did not apply in the

first two rounds of distributions, or their needs

were not fully met.

With both the immediate and longer-term

needs in mind, the Roosevelt Fire Fund Distribution

Committee will begin accepting applications

for financial assistance immediately

and will meet monthly to make distributions

on a rolling basis, with the first distribution

planned for May and the final distribution

planned for August or September.

Those impacted by the Roosevelt Fire and

in need of financial assistance are invited to

submit an application, available at the Bondurant

Post Office and online:

• Guidelines: http://bit.ly/roosevelt-guidelines

• Print Form Application: http://bit.ly/roosevelt-

print-application-3

• Electronic Form Application: http://bit.ly/

roosevelt-e-application-3

Anyone submitting applications previously

whose full request was not met, the application

will be included in ongoing consideration

unless the committee hears that applications

should be withdrawn. New applications with

updated information are welcome.

The Roosevelt Fire Disaster Recovery

Fund Committee can be reached at [email protected]

gmail.com.

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