The devastating wildfires of early October 2017 resulted great loss of life and property in the Napa, Sonoma, and Santa Rosa areas. There has been a pressing need to help the survivors with a wide range of basic assistance needs as they start to rebuild.
OSI responded to requests for help from CalHR asking for staff to assist at a jobs booth at both the Napa Valley and Sonoma Local Assistance Centers.
These centers have hosted a variety of entities providing services to fire survivors. Federal, State, and local government agencies have been in attendance along with community based organizations. At the Napa Local Assistance Center, there were 28 different agencies providing services and information to fire survivors.
Over the past two weeks, Shauna Pompei worked at Sonoma location. Maria Wages, Tamara Polen, and Matt Schueller worked at the Napa location.
While the focus was on job openings in Sonoma, Napa, and surrounding counties, it was a wonderful opportunity to talk to people about state service. There was assistance for the CalCareers website (jobs.ca.gov) and a variety of handouts (list of classifications based on education level, “How to Get a State Job” flyer, listing of online assessments, STD. 678 paper applications, etc.)
Even more powerful was the opportunity to hear from the survivors, about what they had lost and their resiliency to get back to daily life. It was very moving experience.