My sister, Jen (Jenny) Weiss needs our help.
She has lost everything in the fire that consumed her home in the girl's dorm in Ojai CA.
Thankfully, she did get out with her pets and her car and is now in interim housing. But her apartment was leveled. Jen only had a few pieces of clothing - two days worth when they loaded the bus and left campus in minutes. Her bedroom, kitchen, and living room furniture, tv&stereo equipment, lots of cd & dvds (~400), a family cedar chest, and clothing had all made it from OH & PA to CA are gone.
She had no apartment/renters insurance,
as it is not available in a National Forest,
which is where OVS is located. Jen has lost
of all of her belongings to this fire.
I am Terry, her brother. in Ohio. I have to say thanks to our cousin Gabe who thought of the idea of raising contributions to help offset these losses, and to Kristin who gave us ideas of different sites to consider for this fundraising. Thanks also to Chanin & Ron.
This is / was Jenny's apartment shown by the La Times after the fire destroyed a portion of her school in Ojai, CA: http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-southern-california-wildfires-live-the-fire-damaged-ojai-valley-school-s-1512597990-htmlstory.html This is the Ojai Valley School - Upper Campus, in Ojai, CA. I had been out there a couple years ago (along with our mom - Nonie Weiss), and all I can recognize is the water pipe on the left side, heading upstairs to where her apartment had been behind the fireplace in the dorm's common room. We had been texting, and there was concern that the fire, which was 5 miles away, might make it towards the school and they may have to evacuate sometime, maybe overnight. (Jen's pic: Thomas Fire, 5 miles from campus)
In the next 18 minutes she was told to clear the girls from the dorm and head out as the fire had closed to less than 2 miles. The upper campus was evacuated, and she only had time to text me she had the dogs. I thought she was on a bus with the kids. Later, I learned she was able to get her car out as well, as were the other residents of the upper campus.
In hurricanes, windows get blown out and doors come off their hinges. This is also what happened to Jenny's concrete apartment in a fire that moved through at 110mph:
The school is also in need of help. Two buildings, a large bank of solar panel/arrays, and infrastructure have been lost to this still ongoing fire. OVS plans to be open for class in January of 2018.
Contribute now, so that she may be ready to return to teaching in January, 2018. Please help us support her as she recovers from the loss of her home.
Thank you for your time and donations,
her family (from AZ, CA, HI, MA, OH, OR, PA...)
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