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American Red Cross and Community Agencies Open San Bruno Resource & Recovery Center
 
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3/28/2011 -
On Tuesday, March 29, the American Red Cross will open the San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center, a community center dedicated to serving the residents affected by the gas pipeline explosion in the Glenview neighborhood and other members of the San Bruno community.
 
The San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center will be opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m., with San Bruno Mayor Jim Ruane, Assemblymember Jerry Hill, Glenview neighborhood residents, and representatives from the San Bruno Long-Term Recovery Committee, a group of community agencies and organizations who are providing services to the residents at the center.
 
“The American Red Cross wants to ensure that the San Bruno community not only recovers following last September’s disaster, but also that we all are working together to make the community stronger and more resilient to disaster in the future,” said Harold Brooks, chief executive officer of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter. “The opening of the San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center gives residents a place to connect, support each other, heal and strengthen the community as a whole.”
 
Located at 458 San Mateo Avenue in downtown San Bruno, the new center provides a central location for recovering residents to meet with their regular case managers for ongoing assistance, including information and referrals, financial support and counseling services. Support groups also meet regularly at the center, including special groups for parents and those working with youth and children who may be experiencing post-traumatic challenges. Other services include computers and fax machines for resident use, a children’s play area and regular classes offered in neighbor-to-neighbor emotional support following a disaster, disaster preparedness, Community Emergency Response Training (CERT), first aid, CPR and health education for all members of the San Bruno community.
 
Members of the Long-Term Recovery Committee providing services and support at the center include the City of San Bruno, American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter, Bethany Presbyterian Church PDA, California Emergency Management Agency, the Church of the Highlands, the Church of Latter Day Saints, North Peninsula Neighborhood Services, Pacific Gas & Electric, Salvation Army, San Mateo County Behavioral Health, San Mateo County Central Labor Council, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Thrive Alliance and the United Methodist Committee on Relief.
 
The San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center was made possible in part by a $100,000 donation from the Peninsula Health Care District, which was used to fund tenant improvements for the center.
 
“The opening of this center is a critical step toward restoring the health of the San Bruno community,” said Dan Ullyot, chairman of the Peninsula Health Care District Board. “The district’s support for the center is a natural extension of our mission to promote access to health services, particularly as this community moves from physical to psychological recovery. We firmly believe that this type of public-private partnership with the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is at the core of achieving healthy communities, and to leveraging human and financial resources to the benefit of district residents.” San Bruno is one of seven Peninsula communities served by the Peninsula Health Care District.