As people affected by the natural-gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno work to put their lives back together, a recovery center for victims will be established by the Red Cross in the city’s downtown thanks in part to a $100,000 gift from a local health care district.
On Sept. 9, a pipeline owned by PG&E exploded, killing eight people, injuring more than 50 people and destroying 38 homes.
In the immediate aftermath of the blast, the Red Cross set up a disaster assistance center for residents who needed help.
Now the board of the Peninsula Health Care District has approved a donation to the Red Cross to support the opening of the San Bruno Resource and Recovery Center, which officials said will be a “one-stop outpost” with case workers, mental health services and educational information.
The $100,000 will fund improvements to a commercial space on San Mateo Avenue for the center.
“The Red Cross identified a need for a centralized, accessible location to administer long-term recovery services in order to better serve the community during this challenging time,” Harold Brooks, the CEO of the American Red Cross’ Bay Area chapter, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the district for helping to make this center
Also, the health care district recently honored San Bruno officials and emergency responders as “community health champions” for their leadership during and after the disaster.