Apartment Fire


This family, with nowhere to go, had begun sleeping in their car

Apartment Fire
Last year, right before Thanksgiving, a heartbreaking apartment fire that affected a family of 5 came to our attention. This family, with nowhere to go, had begun sleeping in their car. Trellis was able to invite them to a Thanksgiving meal at Newport Mesa Church and connect them to resources, as a result of our relationship with their principal and school community facilitator. A few days later, Trellis received a call from Robin at Panera Bread. Panera wanted to provide Christmas presents and food for a local family in need. We thought immediately of this family who lost everything and facilitated conversations with Robin and the school. Robin was deeply moved to hear that the family, who briefly stayed in a motel, was back living in their car. She personally committing to securing a hotel for them for over 2 weeks, so they could be inside and warm, as they got back on their feet and spent Christmas together. In the weeks that followed, we happily learned from the principal that the family’s apartment had been fully repaired and the family was able to move back into the building at the end of January. The school staff took up a substantial collection and generously supported this family by replacing some household essentials once the family moved back into their home.