Family of 4 starting from scratch from house fire

Saturday May 4th a close family friend and her family lost their home to a fire. The fire started in the garage, and spread through the attic destroying a good portion of the house. They were able to make it out safely with their service dog but the firemen did have to rescue her son's bearded dragon.
They ran from the house in their pajamas, leaving everything else behind. They watched their life go up in flames as they thanked the Lord they still have each other. There were 7 or 8 fire trucks on scene as well as staff from Red Cross, volunteers from the Fresno Rescue Mission Mens Academy and staff members from Liddell Elementary that work daily with her autistic son. Their neighbors offered them a safe place to gather as well as drinks and words of encouragement. Red Cross (Debbie) was a complete . She gave them leads for resources as well as a voucher to cover 2 nights in a hotel, additionally Debbie was able to help her purchase a weighted blanket for her son.
Unfortunately the fire Department has declared the house and the contents within a complete loss due to heat damage, smoke damage and toxic fumes.
So they must start over from scratch. They were renters without insurance so they have no way to recover their loss.
They are currently looking to find a 3 or 4 bedroom rental home within Liddell boundaries in Fresno, CA. Her son has made tremendous progress with the support the staff has provided and she believes it would be detrimental for him to change schools. So if anyone has any leads on a rental it would be appreciated. Once they find a place they will need to tackle the chore of obtaining basic household goods. In the fire she lost all her tools for work and so did the other adult in their home. They need basic toiletries, an air matress for the interim. They don't have any family to turn to so they are at the mercy of our community.
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Organizer and beneficiary

Pauli Cagle
Fresno, CA
Angela K Smith

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