A gas explosion leveled an apartment building in Silver Spring last week, killing 7, injuring more than 30, and leaving at least 90 without housing. While the investigation into the explosion continues, several congregations continue to support the families who have been left with little.
The Revs. Vidal Rivas (San Mateo) , Joan Beilstein (Ascension, Silver Spring), Terri Murphy (Ascension, Silver Spring), Kent Marcoux (St. George’s, U Street), and Carol Flett (Diocesan Interreligious Officer) provided pastoral care to the families on scene. Ascension; Our Savior, Hillandale and San Mateo coordinated donation efforts with the Red Cross, the Montgomery Housing Partnership, and CASA de Maryland. The Montgomery County Faith Community Advisory Council organized a prayer vigil on Sunday evening.
There remains much to be done to help these families rebuild their lives. The Washington Post has information on how to help in the recovery effort. The Montgomery Housing Partnership is accepting financial donations online (indicate LONG BRANCH FIRE in the ‘comment’ box.)