Oct 23, 2017
For some of the 480 Santa Rosa Junior College students who lost homes in the recent fires, returning to class will help them regain a sense of normalcy. But many students will find it challenging to attend classes while trying to resurrect day-to-day basics of their lives.
The SRJC Office of Institutional Research surveyed students this week to gauge the impact of the fires on students, and as of October 19, more than 11,000 students responded. Seventy-nine percent of the students said they are ready to return to school next week. An estimated 15% are unsure if they can return, submitting comments such as “Life is one day at a time right now.”
Eleven percent said they were impacted a great deal by the fires, 20% responded they weren’t impacted at all, and remainder were impacted to some degree. In addition to students who lost homes, 61 SRJC faculty and staff lost their homes.
Numerous students reported in the survey they had lost jobs because their place of employment or their employers house were destroyed in the fires. Many indicated they were worried about lost wages, or not having money for food, rent, bills and childcare.
The SRJC Fire Relief Fund has been established to support the urgent needs of current students and employees who’ve lost their homes. Donations can be made online at firerelief.santarosa.edu.
There is extensive information at www.santarosa.edu describing how the College is helping students, faculty and staff affected by the fires.
SRJC students who have been heavily impacted by the fires should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org call (707) 527-4424 for help.
SRJC is using hashtags #SRJCstrong and #SRJCfuerte to build awareness and support for those affected by this disaster.
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