Wednesday, July 17, 2002
Director of Communications
(401) 831-7700 x101
American Red Cross Provides Grief Counseling
Outreach Today - Those in Need Encouraged to Call for Free Mental Health Assistance
American Red Cross of Rhode Island volunteers visited the neighborhoods of early morning fires in
Westerly and Narragansett today to reach out to neighbors and extended family members who might need grief counseling.
"Sometimes people don't realize they have been traumatized right away, but we
wanted the neighbors and those who assisted in these two tragic fires to know that grief counseling is only a phone call away and available 24-hours a day, free of
charge," Sarah Bilofsky, Director of Communications, said. "We have literature that we hang on doorknobs letting people know we can help."
Bilofsky said anyone who is in need of help can call the American Red Cross of Rhode Island at 1-800-842-1122.
This morning, a Red Cross volunteer assisted one adult at a fire at Rhode Island
Ave. in Narragansett. The young woman received clothing and the volunteer stayed with her until family arrived. One person died in that blaze.
In Westerly, at 20 Woody Hill Road, Red Cross volunteers spoke with neighbors and
authorities to let them know what services are available. Several people died in the blaze. Four victims escaped --- one is hospitalized.
Anyone who would like to make a donation to the American Red Cross of Rhode
Island Fire Victims Fund to help local families displaced by fire can call 401.831.7700 x101, visit www.riredcross.org or mail a check to 105 Gano Street, Providence, RI 02906.