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Upper Ojai relief effort in it for the long haul

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Photo courtesy of Trevor Quirk
Trevor Quirk, one of the founders of Upper Ojai Relief, covers a portion of the damaged Ojai lookout sign along the Dennison Grade with a homemade “We Rise Together” sign.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

What began as Trevor Quirk and Justin Homze's effort to feed firefighters during the Thomas Fire has transformed into a movement.
“I want to rebuild Upper Ojai,” said Quirk, an Upper Ojai resident who has paused his work as an attorney to focus on relief efforts. “These families need help. I don't want to stop until they're actually living in a home and not a trailer.”
Upper Ojai suffered the highest per capita structure loss of the communities impacted by the Thomas Fire, according to Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) Division Chief John McNeil.
Quirk, Homze and many others have devoted the past six weeks to assisting community members in need — from sharing in-kind donations of food and supplies to cutting fire line to assisting neighbors in need of shelter. 
The Stagecoach Station General Store's parking lot, 12679 Ojai Santa Paula Road, has served as their headquarters. 
See also: “Upper class: Residents come together to help each other” Ojai Valley News, Dec. 14, 2017.

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