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Clovis Apartment Fire Creates Need for Help
FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE – The Clovis Fire Department responded to a fire at Clovis Apartments, Monday, May 8, 2018 at approximately 4 p.m. Luckily none of the 46 residents was seriously hurt, although all find themselves in need of short-term shelter, and at least four families will be displaced for longer since their apartment units suffered significant damage.
For the first night the affected residents were helped by family and friends and the management company for Clovis Apartments. Today all are receiving help through the American Red Cross for their immediate needs (help with clothing, medication, and a couple nights lodging). For the next phase, the community has come together by creating the Clovis Apartment Fire Recovery Committee to address longer-term needs. The CAFRC will focus on assisting the displaced residents with the goal of getting all back to permanent housing and replacing household items.
The CAFRC will rely on the community’s generosity to accomplish this goal. Financial donations to help these families should be made to United Way of Eastern New Mexico c/o Clovis Apt Fire Relief PO Box 806, Clovis NM 88102. Donations can also be made online at mkt.com/uwenm. Clothing and furniture donations can be made to Matt 25 Hope Center (also Lighthouse Mission).
The CAFRC members include Erinn Burch-United Way of Eastern New Mexico, SylviaMontano-Clovis Municipal Schools, Steve Reshetar-Matt 25 Hope Center, Destry Hernandez-Mental Health Resources, Sistar Yancy-Christian Believers, Sandra Darling Roberts and John Reuter-American Red Cross, Elaine Williford-ENM Baptist Disaster Response, and Dan Heerding-City of Clovis.
Clovis Mayor Lansford is spearheading the fundraising efforts for the families impacted by the fire. “I was saddened to hear of the 46 Clovis residents who have been recently displaced as a result of the fire at the Clovis Apartments on May 7th,” advised Lansford, Tuesday. “Losing your home is very unsettling and stressful. I encourage the community to rise to the occasion, to help families impacted by the fire at the Clovis Apartments get back to a stable environment. It’s a time like this when neighbors come together to help a neighbor in need and to be thankful for agencies like the UW of ENM that spearhead the rapid response of our community.”
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As part of the Sister Cities International program, the City of Clovis will be hosting seven representatives from the African country of Zambia on Tuesday, May 8th, 2018.
The City of Clovis became Sister Cities with Kasama, Zambia, in 2012, as part of the Sister Cities International program. The Zambian delegation will be meeting with representatives of the Clovis City Commission at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8th at City Hall, and at 5:00 p.m. the City of Clovis’ Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee will be hosting a reception for the delegation at the Rock N Roll Museum, located at 215 Main Street. A quorum of Clovis City commissioners will be present to receive the Zambian delegation, and attend the reception.
“We are looking forward to welcoming representatives from the Sister Cities International program from Zambia to our community,” advised Chairman of the Cultural & Ethnic Affairs Committee, Selmus Price, Friday. “The Sister Cities International program provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about other countries, and their culture.”
For more information, please contact City of Clovis Administration at (575) 769-7828, or e-mail email@example.com.