Dear CAUSE friends,
The Thomas Fire and mudslides have been one of the most horrific disasters ever to hit our community. The devastation is heartbreaking and we know our region will never be the same.
As we pick up the pieces from this disaster with the help of government assistance and homeowners insurance, we need to remember that thousands of impacted local immigrant families are struggling to make ends meet without any help.
Some lost their homes and essential belongings with the destruction of farmworker housing and apartments. Others lost their jobs as the houses where they cleaned, gardened, cooked, or cared for children were evacuated or destroyed. Others lost days or weeks of wages as the only freeway between Ventura and Santa Barbara was severed by mudslides and outdoor air quality was hazardous for farmworkers, landscapers and day laborers. Continue reading “A good thing.”