Bryan's Friends Help Him Start Over

Our dear friend, Bryan Embry, is having to start his life over, and we are thankful that he is alive. The Ventura-Thomas fire this week completely destroyed his entire home, his business, and took all earthly possessions from him in a matter of hours. There was not even a chance to pack or take anything with him as simple as clothing or photos, as the hillsides all around him were engulfed quickly, and could easily have blocked the rural un-maintained roads he needed to get down from the mountain.

If you know Bryan, you know that he's a very hard working entrepreneur, a loyal friend, a great dad for two amazing young women, and that he has always looked out for each of us if he knew that we needed anything from him. He supports local artists, attends community building events, offers sincere advice and effort to other people in so many ways, and now he needs us to offer him a soft place to land, so that he can heal, and begin his life again from the ground up.

These funds will hopefully help to cover some of his immediate expenses, like replacing his shoes and clothing, getting food, having transportation, and some of his regular bills, while he figures out new employment, and gets stable after this tragedy. We hope to release these to him within the next 7 days, and are also seeking in-kind donations that would help him rebuild his life, like a laptop, or car.

Please keep him in your thoughts, brainstorm ideas with us, and if you know anyone looking for a way to directly help with the devastation they're seeing right now in the media - please share this campaign.

Thank you for taking the time to read this quick and urgent plea for our friend Bryan. We know that he is a capable and durable human being, he's a survivor, and will be using every amount of his will to recover from this. We're doing this to remind him that he's not alone, and that he's a part of a community who takes care of our own when they're suffering.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. <3

(This is created by me, Nicole Cass, his friend since 2011, living in Los Angeles. Our shared circle of friends from Fire in Balance, Playa Surfers, Venice and Santa Monica, California are also assisting with the effort. As the GoFundMe page requires, I'm identifying myself as the individual creating and managing the campaign, and why we've done it. We also have a closed Facebook group for brainstorming ideas and coordinating with his friends/family who live far away. Please reach out if you would like to join or need a local address for mailing in-kind donations to Bryan.)
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K Nicole Cass 
Thousand Oaks, CA
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