Help our families
Dear LAMB Staff and Families:
A there was a massive fire this past Saturday June 24th, in the apartment building behind our school on Missouri Avenue. The devastation was and is palpable. We were there and spoke with the building superintendent. He said there are 55 apartment units and more than 200 residents, all of whom have been displaced with many seeking shelter at Emory Recreation Center on Georgia Avenue.
Two LAMB families lived in the building and we just learned that there was one fatality who was a LAMB family member.
Edwin Romero, father of Jeyson Romero-Berrios, passed away during the blaze. His son Jeyson is a student in the Sol community at Perry Street. Edwin was also the brother of a LAMB staff member and parent, Yesenia Romero, and uncle to Brian, Hebert, Natalie and Leslie Fuentes-Romero. Yesenia and her children lived in the building, but they were away at the time of the fire and are all physically safe.
The other family who lived in the building are Mr. and Ms. Santos-Coronado. Their son, Saul has been in the Yoruba community (at Missouri) for a couple of years. They were able to escape safely.
We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, and all our prayers and positive energy is going to the families who have been affected by this tragic event. LAMB will be accepting donation for funeral arrangements for Mr. Romero and for LAMB families affected.
With more than 200 people affected, LAMB will join as a collaborative partner in the City’s efforts to support the displaced residents. Because information is still forthcoming, we will take a phased approach.
Clothing drive has been moved to Carlos Rasario Public Charter School. See information below.
- Please donate new or gently used clothing and shoes for families who were affected by the fire at the Rolling Terrace Apartments at 1360 Peabody Street, N.W.
- Clothing needed for all adults and children.
The children need clothes and other essentials (e.g. toiletries, small toys, etc.). Families have not yet been placed in transitional living. American Red Cross is helping. Families need basics - clothing, toiletries, backpacks/bags on wheels, etc. Adults will need to return to work and will need clothing, accessories, etc. Money donations are welcomed for burial and living expenses, please direct purpose of monetary donation.
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