The Muddy Ordeal:
Our dear friend and family member, Lisa Blades, her kids Isa and Nick, and their menagerie of animals lived literally at ground zero of the Montecito mudslide. Hot Springs Road, the location of their rental cottage, was declared a Disaster Zone by the Sheriff’s Department. With no water or sewer, and buried under tons of mud, this area will likely require at least a year of cleanup. While we will be forever grateful for their safe (and miraculous) rescue, now begins the long road to recovery.
The Reality of Today:
The task, burden, and cost of relocating is no small challenge. The rental market is extremely tight and excruciatingly expensive. With two teens in school, location is vital. The mudslides impacted her employment as well, first, with the fire evacuation and now this, Lisa's work schedule and thus income has also been affected.
Those of you who know Lisa already know that it’s a vast understatement to say she is one of the warmest, most caring, and deeply generous people you could be lucky enough to meet. She has always given her heart and home to friends, family, and even strangers in need--all while working full time as a single mom and the primary breadwinner for her children.
How You Can Help:
We have banded together to ask you to help Lisa and her family. Your donations will go directly to getting Lisa and the kids get back on their feet and into stable housing, as well as reimbursing the considerable outlay of money these past few weeks. Having lived through a number of natural disasters on both coasts (earthquakes, fires, and hurricanes), we know firsthand the sheer volume of expenses that are never recouped.
Lisa and the kids will forever be touched by any amount you can give.
With our love and gratitude,
Andrea B. Rashish
Jane Verdurmen Peart
“We are each of us angels with only one wing, and we can only fly by embracing each other.”
- Luciano De Crescenzo