Responding to the California Wildfires

John SniffenCommunity Outreach, La Hacienda

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Logo courtesy LAFD Foundation

Along with the rest of the nation, we have been horrified and saddened by the death and destruction caused by the California wildfires. Thousands are homeless, hundreds may have perished, and fire fighters and other emergency personnel are at the limits of their endurance.

Faced with such a catastrophe, it may not seem there is much one can do from a distance, but if we all contribute toward helping the people recover, it makes a difference.

After studying the options, La Hacienda Treatment Center has donated to the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

Helping Firefighters on the Ground

“We have many treatments partners in the greater Los Angeles area. Picking an organization in the heart of that community is important to us,” said La Hacienda Executive Director Art VanDivier.

He noted that many first responders receive treatment at La Hacienda, so “helping firefighters who are on the ground in the area feels right.”

The Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation provides essential equipment, training, and public outreach programs to supplement public resources.

Many organizations are helping with recovery efforts. If you want to help, we encourage researching the possibilities, picking an agency or organization, and donating whatever you can.

Even small donations can make a difference when we work together.

National Association Coordinating with Impacted Facilities

The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers (NAATP), of which La Hacienda is a member, is  working to identify treatment facilities needing support because of fire damage.

“Within our membership, there are resources to help patients and staff at centers that have been impacted,” the national association said on Facebook. “We hope to connect treatment providers needing support with member organizations that have available beds and resources to help facilitate continuity of care for patients, and provide a safe place for staff members.”