Fire destroys home on Knight’s Lane in Howard

Three Red Cross volunteers assisted the family with comfort kits, home-made quilts and after the fire packs. Chief Ed Janke is a member of the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter board of directors.

By Charles Davis/Press-Gazette: Click HERE to view video.

 

HOWARD — A 21-year-old man escaped serious injury this morning in a fire that destroyed a Howard home.

Firefighters from six departments fight a stubborn fire in a house on Knights Lane in Howard Friday, March 11, 2011. / Jim Matthews/Press-Gazette

Jayson Blake was alone in the lower level of the home at 3149 Knight’s Lane when he woke up surrounded by smoke about 8 a.m. Blake escaped out the front door before crews arrived to flames and heavy smoke coming from the home. He was taken to a local hospital as a precaution but did not appear to be injured, Howard fire Chief Ed Janke said.

 The fire is believed to have started in the garage and crews took nearly two hours to put it out. Two cars parked in the driveway were not damaged.

 The ranch-style house is described as a total loss.

 The home is owned by Kevin and Marla Van Lanen and valued at $144,700, according to Brown County land records. Blake is Marla Van Lanen’s son.

 Kevin Van Lanen said he lives there with his wife and three sons. The family has fire insurance and will stay with relatives, he said.

 The Pulaski, Hobart, Green Bay, Suamico and Denmark fire departments assisted.



American Red Cross Announces Spring Nurse Assistant Training Schedule

The purpose of the American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is to provide the information and skills that will enable nurse assistants to provide quality care for residents in nursing homes, as well as supplemental information and skills that will enable them to provide quality health care for clients at home and patients in hospitals. The program is designed with input from educators, caregivers, and long-term industry representatives from across the United States.  The American Red Cross Nurse Assistant Training course is approved by the State of Wisconsin Department of Health Services and provides students with job skills needed to become a qualified CNA.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter is accepting applications for upcoming nurse assistant training classes.

COURSE DATES/TIMES MAY BE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

 *Classroom: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Mar 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, Apr 4, 5, 6, 7, (make up day-Fri, Apr 8 )

1st Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 11, 12, 13, 14; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, Apr 15

 

2nd Group Clinical: 7:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 18, 19, 20, 21; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, Apr 22

*Classroom: 8:00am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Apr 18, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, (make up day- Fri, May 13)

 1st Group Clinical: 7am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, May 16, 17, 18, 19; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 20

 2nd Group Clinical: 7am-2:00pm, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Mar 22, 23, 24, 25; 7:00am-1:30pm, Fri, May 27

 The Nurse Assistant Training course is scheduled for a total of 120 hours which includes 88 hours of classroom and 32 hours of clinical. Students are required to attend the minimum 120 hours as required by the state.  The course fee is $750 which includes the books.  Minimum class size is 5 students.  Enrollment is limited to 16 students per class.  Early registration is encouraged. 

 Classroom work is completed at the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Service Delivery Facility at 121 Bader St., Green Bay. Clinicals are completed at Parkview Manor Health & Rehab, 2961 St. Anthony Dr., Green Bay. For copies of the training program registration packet, please call the Health and Safety Services Department at 920-227-4290 or 1-800-733-9909 or pick up a registration packet from the department at 2131 Deckner Ave  (lower level) Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm.

Red Cross Responds to Two House Fires over the Weekend

Fire Crews at the East Mason Street Fire on January 6, 2011. Nine people displaced, and Red Cross assisted eight.

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded to a house fire in Wrightstown around 6:30pm on Saturday, January 8, displacing six people. Two Red Cross volunteers were on the scene to assist the three adults, two teens, and one child with their immediate emergency needs.

We provided hotel stay and monetary assistance for clothing and food. We also provided comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts to all family members.

This morning around 6:30am we received another call of a house fire on Doty St on the East side of Green Bay affecting 9 adults. Two Red Cross volunteers assisted 8 adults with monetary assistance for clothing and food. All clients also received comfort kits and homemade quilts. They all had friends or relatives to stay with.

One individual did not utilize Red Cross services.

This makes for the fourth fire response the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter has assisted at since the New Year. In total from the four incidences we have helped 27 people with their immediate emergency needs

We need your help! Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter for local disaster relief. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit www.arclakeland.org.

Wishing you and your Family a Happy Holiday Season!

Guest Blog Post: Steve Maricque, Executive Director, American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter

The holiday season is fast approaching.  It’s a wonderful time of the year as it provides an opportunity to reflect and be thankful for our blessings –family, friends, good health and good times!  It’s also a season of hope.  Hope that better days are ahead.

We are so thankful for our many volunteers who dedicate themselves towards helping others in need and delivering the mission of the American Red Cross.  We appreciate and are thankful for our donors, who provide the valuable funds needed to deliver our services.  Without our volunteers and donors, we would not exist as an organization.  You make the American Red Cross a truly remarkable organization.  An organization that shows compassion and care for others during difficult times.

This year more than ever, we need your help!  Donations are down this year.  In this season of hope we need your help to have sufficient funds available to save the day for a family in need when their home burns down, when a family needs to contact a soldier around the world with an emergency message or someone is able to save the life of a family member because they are trained in how to use CPR.

We need to be prepared to meet the challenge before us whenever and wherever it is needed.  I ask for your gift to help make that possible and to ensure that your gift will save the day and give hope to someone when it’s needed most.

Thank you so very much for your consideration.  May you and your families have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

Sincerely,

Red Cross Disaster Action Team Activated for Apartment Fire in Denmark

There is never a good time to be displaced by a house fire, but the situation seems more severe during the extreme cold and in middle of Holiday Season.  At 6:30am today, 13 volunteers and staff from American Red Cross where called to lend aid to families and emergency personnel due to an apartment fire on Wall St. in Denmark, Wisconsin.

“This is not the kind of weather you want to be standing out in the cold for an extended period of time,” said Jody Weyers, Communications Director, Lakeland Chapter. “That’s why we deploy highly trained volunteers to make sure the families, touched by tragic events like this one, are receiving life sustaining services the Red Cross has to offer.”

 The American Red Cross volunteers met with each family and in total we assisted 14 adults and two children with emergency needs.

We provided four families with hotel stay, and the other four are staying with relatives. We also provided the clients with monetary assistance for clothing, food and we handed out comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.

The families in the second unit were able to get back into their homes as of 5:00pm.

“Nobody expects to lose their home in a fire, but when it happens, we want people to know that the Red Cross stands ready to help our friends, families and neighbors in need,” said Weyers.

Thank you to Tony Klaubauf, Denmark School Superintendent, and the Denmark HS Staff for opening up the High School and providing meals for the displaced families and the emergency crews. Also thank you to Festival Foods and Perkins for providing soup, water and coffee to those in need.

“Incidences like this demonstrate the reason why it is critical to have funds readily available to meet the immediate needs of families in times of disaster, said Steve Maricque, Executive Director, Lakeland Chapter. “Therefore we ask your help during this holiday season to give a gift to the American Red Cross to assist in meeting the needs.”

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of individuals to be ready to respond and help neighbors who are affected by home fires. You can help your neighbors recover from disasters like home fires by making a tax-deductible donation today. Individuals can text “GIFT” to 90999 to make a $25 donation to the Red Cross from now until Dec. 31 or go online to www.arclakeland.org. For information on how to help or to become a volunteer call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535.

About the American Red Cross: The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter Helps Couple Displaced from a Home Fire in Ashwaubenon

Crews battle a house fire Saturday night on Dorothy Lane in Ashwaubenon. (Charles Davis/Press-Gazette)

The American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter responded a house fire in Ashwaubenon around 7:30pm on Saturday, November 27. The fire displaced two adults from their home.

Two American Red Cross Disaster workers assisted the family based upon their immediate emergency needs. We provided the family with hotel stay, monetary assistance for clothing and food. We also provided comfort kits (which include soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, comb, facial tissue, deodorant, razors, shaving cream and lotion) and homemade quilts.

Red Cross disaster assistance is free and is made possible by community donations. You can help individuals of this disaster and others by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Lakeland Chapter for local disaster relief. For information call the Lakeland Chapter at 920-468-8535 or visit www.arclakeland.org.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

Finding Your Voice?!

Guest Blog Post by Dawn Miller, Red Cross Communications Volunteer:

Days after Jody’s (Jody is the Volunteer and Communications Director for the chapter) return from the National Volunteer Conference this past June, we met for coffee to discuss her trip and what she had learned. I was really excited to hear her ideas and plans. When she said she wanted more transparency, I said, “Yes!” When she said she wanted more involvement from volunteers, sponsor, donors, board and Red Cross employees, I said, “Yes!” When she said we were going to move the communications in new directions, I said, “Yes!” We were pumped when we got up to go and when she said, “You know …you can write something for the blog in your own voice too,” iced-mocha-latte sprayed out of my mouth and onto the table.

No, that’s not how it really happened. We were pumped and all but when she told me I could write something in my own voice I probably just stared at her. She might have thought I was disinterested or annoyed for all I know. What was really going through my head was shock mixed with a little confusion. My voice?

 Since becoming a volunteer a little over a year ago, I have spent my time trying to find the voice of the Red Cross. I researched past articles and communications and got some guidance there. Some of them were kind of dry and clinical and some of them were warm and a little fun. I tried to take a bit from each hoping to get the perfect mix.

With each story I wrote, I asked Jody for clues on what the voice of the Red Cross was. I wanted to make sure everything was fitting to represent who the Lakeland Chapter was.  

I also spent a lot of time asking questions and talking to all kinds of people involved in many different capacities at the Red Cross. There are some amazing people and I consider myself so lucky that Jody was able to find a way for me to be a part of all of this. Everyone was great in trusting and sharing their stories to teach me about the accomplishments and work of the chapter. When I started I thought my volunteer work was nice but it was an added bonus that wasn’t really necessary.

 As time went on and I learned all the great things the chapter does, I realized how important our communications are. I learned so much from so many different people and I never imagined all the things the Red Cross does for our community. And I saw how the Red Cross was a part of our community so when there was need they stepped in to help fill that need. I also unfortunately learned sometimes those in the Red Cross can’t always keep up with what each other are doing. And if we don’t know what we are doing how can we expect the community to know and be interested?

 Time and time again I have heard those involved with the Red Cross say, “A lot of people say they had no idea all that we do.” By sharing our story of what we are doing and why we do it we give the community the knowledge and opportunity to be a part of that story. By sharing the stories of the great people behind the Red Cross we not only learn about them but we also learn a little bit about ourselves. By learning about the Lakeland Chapter, and ourselves, we might find it in ourselves to be there when we can and in whatever capacity we can.

 So, I know Jody has invited those involved with the Red Cross to share their stories and I think of it as a challenge to our chapter. It’s a challenge for us to share our story of one chapter’s Red Cross experience. If someone can blog their experience of cooking their way through Julia Child’s cookbook and another can document the lives of the rich and the why-are-they-famous, then why can’t we document our story? A community of sponsors, supporters, donors, staff, and over 450 volunteers can share that important story of the many events that take place here at our chapter through words, pictures and video.

 I wonder if she knew all along where the voice could be found while I was trying to find so hard to find it. Jody’s lucky she didn’t get a latte shower pointing it out to me. That voice of the Lakeland Chapter is me and that voice is you.

About Dawn:

Dawn Miller graduated Cum Laude from University of Wisconsin- Green Bay in spring of 2008. While there, as nonfiction editor of The Sheepshead Review, she was able to secure an interview with nationally acclaimed author, Aimee Bender for a profile piece. She was also honored with the “Rising Phoenix Award” for her nonfiction piece, “Heel Story” and had the opportunity to read at the 32nd Annual UW-System Women’s Conference. In the fall of 2008, Dawn and her husband, Gary, celebrated the addition of their daughter, Paige, to their family. During the first year of motherhood, Dawn explored topics considering moms who are active in social media through some freelance assignments and also put her writing to work as a volunteer for the Red Cross. She’s currently a full-time mom and also a part-time development assistant at the Arthritis Foundation.

As a volunteer with the Lakeland Chapter since spring of 2009, Dawn has learned a lot about the Red Cross and the people behind it. “I feel lucky to consider myself a part of this amazing group of people,” says Dawn. “I hope that by working with the others to share the stories of our chapter we can learn more about ourselves, educate the community on services and inspire others to be as amazing as the people I have met here.”