Jane Dean is a registered nurse and volunteer with the American Red Cross. When she was called upon to help provide health services at the Jessie Turner Community Center during the Blue Cut Fire, she immediately jumped into action. She worked at the shelter for three days, along with friend and fellow volunteer Lorrainne Voelker.
“We had a young Veteran gentleman (Larry) in the shelter who was trying to get assistance from the VA to be relocated to another place of living, as he was not able to go back to his previous address after being evacuated,” said Jane. “We contacted our Disaster Mental Health colleagues, who in turn contacted our Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces division to assist this Veteran. It was essential that he had a place to go to before the shelter closed. Larry also required our health services assistance whilst he was at the shelter. He came by to see Lorainne and I to personally thank us for the health related assistance we gave him, and also for what we do, volunteering for the Red Cross. He told me that one day he would like to volunteer too.”
Every day, Red Cross volunteers like Jane and Lorainne are on call around-the-clock to provide help and hope during disasters big and small. Interested in becoming a volunteer? Visit redcross.org/volunteer to get started today!