2013 Press Release: United Way Responds to UCP Land of Lincoln Group Home Fire

United Way of Central Illinois is working with UCP Land of Lincoln to assess the organizations emergency needs and mobilize in-kind gifts following the loss of a group home to fire on Sunday.

“We are deeply saddened by Sunday’s tragic fire at a UCP Land of Lincoln group home. However, we are thankful that neither the home’s residents nor UCP staff were home at the time,” said John Kelker, President of United Way. “The loss of home to fire or other natural disaster is a traumatic event for any family. The challenges of such a loss are multiplied when individuals with complex medical and special needs are involved. ”

United Way staff is working with UCP to mobilize in-kind gifts to replace basic necessities lost in the fire. Among those needed item are new men’s clothing, health and beauty essentials, bedding and other household items. A list of needed items and sizes, along with donation information, can be found on United Way’s Get Connected website: http://volunteer.springfieldunitedway.org.

In addition to in-kind gifts, United Way and UCP are working to assess the need for emergency financial assistance due to the fire. United Way funds 39 local programs providing healthcare, food, shelter, emergency and victim services, and educational supports.

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For more information please contact United Way Director of Communications, Jarid Brown, at 217-726-7000.