PHOENIX, Ore--- The Phoenix Fire Relief Center at The Shoppes at Exit 24 is offering free resources for fire victims. The relief center is open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. It is also open from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
The relief center offers just about anything you might need and it is all for free. Everything that comes in the door is donated. Everything that goes out of the door is completely free. You will be asked to sign a contact tracing sheet upon entrance but you will not be asked to prove you have lost a home.
"They are straight forward people, I find them to be friendly. Real friendly," said Phoenix resident Neriyah Roots. "They keep telling me, "Get anything you want. Take everything you need!" And I say, "How much is it going to cost?" And they say "Free."
Volunteers say that it is not just about giving items to people that need it. It is also about being human and listening.
"I mean, I don't know if this was meant to be part of it but we are also here to listen," said volunteer Deanna Mulaskey. "I have heard a lot of stories and I think people need to just get that off their chest. Telling stories is a big part of healing, I guess. So, we are here to also listen."
The relief center has a wide range of items including hot meals donated by local restaurants. You can also find clothes, cleaning supplies, school supplies, sleeping bags, groceries, and the list goes on.
To get to the Phoenix Fire Relief Center, take exit 24 off of I-5 and go to the McDonald's sign. The relief center is right next to the Dollar Tree in the same parking lot.