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Ms. Minh and her daughter, Van, lived in their apartment in Silver Spring, MD, for fifteen years. Then, one night, they were woken up by an explosion and seconds later, their ceiling collapsed, just feet from their beds.
Miraculously, neither of them was injured. Ms. Minh quickly grabbed their important documents and carried her daughter, whose disability doesn’t allow her to walk, outside to safety. Once there, they realized the full extent of the disaster. It was not just their apartment that was affected, but the entire building had burst into flames, in what is now known as the Long Branch Fire.
Within those few moments, they lost everything. A place to call home, most of their belongings, Van’s scooter that she used to get around.
But the help started pouring in almost immediately. The Red Cross arrived and set up a temporary shelter at the Long Branch Community Center. Volunteers started bringing in food, monetary donations, clothing. Local nonprofits each offered their expertise.
Ms. Minh and her daughter were examined and offered food, clothing, and a temporary shelter. They received replacement cell phones to be able to reach their loved ones. MHP’s Long Branch Fire Fund, set up to assist the 63 families displaced by the fire, covered temporary hotel stay for them and provided additional funds for them to get a fresh start.
MHP is proud to have partners like you to be able to step in and help Ms. Minh, her daughter, and the many other affected families during such a difficult time.
We are happy to report that today, Ms. Minh and her daughter have a safe new home in an MHP building, The Bonifant at Silver Spring. They enjoy their apartment with hardwood floors and their new community. They love to spend time making new friendships with other residents during the regular coffee social and playing bingo in the community room.
The Fire Fund is closed now, but our work in the Long Branch community isn’t done. We need to be here for all of our neighbors in need. Housing low-income families. Empowering children, their parents, and seniors, through educational programs that can help them step out of the circle of poverty. Building leadership in some of the most vulnerable neighborhoods, like Long Branch, and offering assistance to small local business owners to preserve the tapestry of uniqueness and diversity.
Please consider making a generous donation today to support all of our work. Help us house people, empower families, strengthen neighborhoods. Thank you.