Readers Say Thanks
Our community, like many other communities, has its share of problems. There are issues that create conflict, problems that need to be resolved, etc. However, every now and then it is important to focus on and appreciate the good things in our community that work well.
The Fryingpan Road fire in Basalt occurred on Dec. 16 and displaced many families. As the news provided information regarding the fire, there was an immediate response by many organizations in our valley. Many emails were flying back and forth coordinating assistance followed by very specific actions.
Eagle County, Pitkin County, the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, Feed My Sheep, Basalt LIFT-UP, Basalt United Methodist Church, Aspen Community Foundation, Roaring Fork Family Resource Center, Two Rivers Restaurant and Vectra Bank wasted no time in providing much-needed help.
Not many people realize that there was a very specific umbrella organization that coordinated much of the help provided to these families. The Coalition of Emergency Assistance Providers (CEAP) was indeed busy coordinating and providing real help as quickly as possible.
CEAP supports and brings together a myriad of groups to enhance the assistance process in our valley. This organization is responsible for providing a place where partnerships and collaborations are established with many organizations throughout our valley.
At any given meeting you would find people from multiple counties, a variety of organizations, local assistance programs and more. They all share the specific goal of working together and enhancing the process.
CEAP and the organizations involved do more than just provide things. They provide training, encouragement, hope and an opportunity to pursue a better life.
I guess there is nothing more to say about the organizations that responded to a real need quickly and efficiently except, “Well done.”
The Albert A. Weller family wishes to thank all those who sent cards, flowers and food, and provided transportation during the illness of Albert and Maudie. Also, many thanks to the Valley View Hospital employees and members of the Hospital Auxiliary.
Maudie and Albert Weller
Stephanie (Weller) Putzier
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