A nonprofit career development organization whose Irvine headquarters was destroyed in a fire will begin accepting donations Tuesday at its new location in Santa Ana.
Working Wardrobes needs laptop computers, office supplies and clothes, according to founder and chief executive Jerri Rosen.
“Writing a check is a wonderful thing to do for us” as well, said Rosen, whose organization is also seeking volunteers.
Donations can be made at 1501 E. St. Andrew Place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays.
Financial donations can be made at workingwardrobes.org/donate-money/. People who want to help set up temporary quarters can contact KathiS@workingwardrobes.org or call 714-210-2460.
The destruction in the Sunday morning fire included a large warehouse filled with racks, bins and boxes with thousands of jackets, pants, shirts, blouses, ties, shoes, jewelry and accessories, according to Devon Poer, Working Wardrobes’ marketing and public relations manager.
The organization also lost its career center where clients could access computers to research and apply for jobs on line, training rooms and the corporate office.
“We are determined to work with our employees, volunteers and the Orange County community to rebuild and continue to fulfill our purpose of helping men, women, young adults and veterans overcome difficult challenges so they can achieve the dignity of work,” Poer said.
For the time being, Working Wardrobes has offices and a donation center thanks to the Goodwill organization, which offered open space in Santa Ana.
“After the devastating loss of our entire property yesterday we’re grateful to have a place to be,” Rosen said on Monday.
Orange County Fire Authority investigators estimate the loss of the 22,000-square-feet building in the 1800 block of Kettering Street at $10 million and $2 million for its contents, according to OCFA Capt. Tony Bommarito.
Firefighters who were dispatched at 5:50 a.m. Sunday to the blaze “were pushed back” from battling the flames from inside, Bommarito said.
“It was just too dangerous a fire to fight” inside the building, the captain said. “Fortunately, there were no injuries.”
It will take some time to establish a cause because the extent of damage to the building, Bommarito said.
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