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May 16, 2014

Haverhill rallies to help fire victims

Groups organize to end confusion

HAVERHILL — It’s all too confusing.

That’s what one member of a local faith-based group said about the well-meaning efforts of individuals, families, organizations and businesses which have stepped forward in the wake of the fire at Forest Acres to help those who lost their homes and belongings.

Katrina “Kat” Everett said there are many people and organizations looking to help the fire victims, but no single resource that brings all the helpers together. So she made the phone calls, researched various online sites and came up with as comprehensive a list as she was able to assemble. She hopes it will help bring together the victims and those who want to help.

“The goal is to make sure the families affected by the fire are able to access all of the local resources that are available to them,” said Everett, who along with her husband, Dennis Everett Jr., founded POSE Inc. — Power of Self Education. It is a local faith-based organization that promotes self-sustaining social responsibility through education.

“I’d love for this to continue until all of the families are taken care of,’’ Katrina Everett said.

The May 7 fire at 21-23 Forest Acres Drive displaced 46 people from their homes. Haverhill firefighters fought the blaze for hours with the support of units from Lawrence, Georgetown, Merrimac, Amesbury and Salem, N.H., some of which covered Haverhill fire stations.

Everett said every day seems to bring another announcement of a new resource available to the fire victims, and that one way of staying updated is to visit the Facebook page “Helping Those Affected by the Fire in Haverhill, Ma. Wednesday May 7, 2014.” The page, which was created by Dan Jarvis of Haverhill, has become a resource for finding out what the fire victims need and for posting resources and offering help from members of the community and groups that have reached out.

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