Hello all,

Last weekend there was a 3-Venue-Extravaganza-Benefit-Festival for the house in Union Sq, Somerville including performances all night at Precinct, Sally O'Briens, and PA's Lounge!  It went off with smashing success and helped a lot!  There was also a benefit at the Brookline Music School (where one of the housemates at Columbia House works), and "The Gibson/Antonellis Comedy Hour" passed around a hat.  This week we have another couple events going on to help raise funds for the 12 people displaced from this crazy situation, check out the Calendar for more information on each event:

HELP! Our bands are on Fire - Part II, is happening this Thursday 9/13 at the Middle East Downstairs
and
Dark Angels: Cambridge Fire Fundraiser Event, is happening on Friday 9/14 at Flattop Johnny's

In other recent news, everyone is still hunting for housing and making their temporary residences work for the interim...  not easy.  Heather Hughes, a former resident of Columbia House, has written a blog about her reaction to the event, check it out here: http://nvnehi.wordpress.com/2012/09/05/diaspora/

Be well, love to all, and Vive la Liberté dans l'Art,
-Karin
 
 
In update land, we are in a place of reflection after a week of doing, processing, and organizing (as well as still doing, processing, and organizing...).  Two people have written blogs, that I'd like to share, I'm sure more will follow.  Thank you for reading:

Brendan Burns, resident of the 2nd floor of Columbia house just published this: http://www.brendanburns.com/2012/columbia-house-fire/

Cos, one of The Hub residents and major coordinators with the relief effort, posted this recently: http://cos.livejournal.com/102756.html

As a side note, The Hub is no longer taking physical donations other than gift cards.  Please fill out the form for anything you have to contribute and when residents of Columbia House are ready for and interested in your offers, they will contact you directly: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFYcmdFMGZDdnI0dzdKX1hkUUwwU1E6MQ#gid=0

Thank you  all,
-Karin
 
 
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We're pretty good on material donations for the moment.  The Hub will be shutting down as a physical location and we'll start reaching out to people personally for our next steps.

As there is still no place for everyone to store the things they need to eventually acquire, and people will need different things at different times, the form is proving the best way to offer assistance, and vice versa, a place for the Columbia St people to find what they need as they need it.

So, if you have something you'd like to give, fill out our form:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDFYcmdFMGZDdnI0dzdKX1hkUUwwU1E6MQ#gid=0

And, of course, monetary donations are always extremely helpful: http://columbiahousefire.chipin.com/columbia-house-fire-recovery

Be well my friends,
-Karin

 
 
Hello All!

It’s been a couple days since this has been updated; as we get further into the week we are returning to our jobs and remembering there are responsibilities outside this crazy happening.  There’s still a lot to do, but we’re starting to focus in new ways on the next steps.

First off, THANK YOU to everyone who donated bins recently.  On Monday we got to go into the house and salvaged what we could.  It was an incredible experience to be there and see the mark fire makes on a home…  There was a lot of fire damage and a lot of water damage.  Knowing more about what could be saved and accepting what can not is quite a process.  Our friend Laura brought an Ozone machine to the Hub, and we’re spending time getting the smoke smell out of things, killing mold and mildew, and seeing what can be cleaned up enough to hold onto.

Thank you to everyone who has donated everything!  From clothing and toiletries, to places to stay, to food (and actually feeding people who’ve been working though the weekend), to…  well, everything!, it has taken the care of so many people to get us this far in the process.  Thank you for filling out the form and helping us organize our thoughts as we move onto next steps.  The support has been overwhelming, and I feel incredible about the community we are so obviously blessed to be a part of.

The search for housing is in full swing; some people are looking for rooms as soon as the 1st (Saturday), and others are giving themselves a little time to figure that part of things out.  The general feeling is that most people would like to stay in the Central Sq area, but options from everywhere are being entertained.


HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY:

~  There's been a request for anyone who has footage of the 3rd floor demolition to email John, one of the 3rd Floor residents: shuck.it@gmail.com

~  If you know of any long term housing opportunities, please fill out the form and post something on the FB page.

~  We are still collecting money, which is one of the easiest and clearest ways to help at this point, between 12 people funding can get stretched pretty thin: http://columbiahousefire.chipin.com/columbia-house-fire-recovery

Thank you, and Love!
-Karin
 
 
If you can get to THE HUB for a drop off today before 3pm, please bring bins!  We are in need of Storage Bins, Laundry Baskets, anything that can withstand being really dirty and wet and help transport belongings.  Hopefully later today we'll have some salvaging going on!

Contact Molly Zenobia about drop-offs:
http://www.facebook.com/mollyzen
mollyzen@mollyzenobia.com
818-606-2619

THE HUB: 

Be Well, and Thank you Community!
-Karin
 
 
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This is where you'll want to be for the latest breaking news...

Right now we've got these things in place:


  • And now this here website's up, and everyone is working to secure new homes... 

Be well,
Columbia House and Friends