Castle Hills recognizes VIA, Red Cross for fire response


CASTLE HILLS, Texas – Castle Hills city officials recognized several people and local groups Tuesday for helping during the fire at the Wedgwood Senior Living Center on Dec. 28.

VIA and the Red Cross both received proclamations for their recovery efforts.

VIA brought buses to get residents out of the cold and transferred them to Churchill High School and the Red Cross delivered more than 11,000 meals and snacks in the days following the fire.

Both groups continue to help residents weeks after the fire.

"We have about 140 cases open, we're continuing helping with recovery efforts including getting the residents placed in other apartments and long-term living situations," said Monica Reyes, Red Cross executive director.

"We've also done follow-up with folks because many of these people were also via trans users and ...so we've been doing special follow-up to locate them to make sure they knew we could still provide them with their transportation needs," said VIA President and CEO, Jefferey Arndt.

The City of Castle Hills continues to work with Bexar County and the City of San Antonio to find services for residents displaced by the fire.