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Dr. Lisea Addresses the Community Regarding the Impact of the Mudslide Disaster

January 12, 2018 by Scott Lisea

Dear Providence Community

My heart grieves for our entire community, particularly for each family who has suffered a loss in this week’s tragic natural disaster. Some of us lost a family member or a friend. Homes have washed away. The mountains literally fell into the sea…You may be safe but isolated in a community without freeway access or without power. Livelihoods have been destroyed. All our lives have been disrupted to some extent and we are far from living in our normal routines.

We are grateful that we have been able to keep school open this week. Upper School students who could get to school wrote their exams. Special accommodations have been made on a student-by-student basis for those who have not been able to attend school. Rod Meadth, our dean of students, has been stranded south of the mudflows, and has personally visited other families there and proctored exams. We’ve had to cancel concerts that we all were looking forward to. It is likely other events will be canceled or postponed. It is hard to find “normal” these days, when “normal” simply does not exist.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear. Though the earth should change and the mountains slip into the sea.  (Psalm 46:1-2).

I want to assure you of the deep love and concern of your Providence family. The beauty of this community is that we pull together to support one another. If you have a need—for a meal, for housing, for a group of strong teens (or a stronger head of school) with shovels—please share it.

This is when the Christian community shines in pulling together to love and support each other. Pastors and counselors are on our campuses to support students and faculty. Our school community is gathering for prayer throughout the day. This disaster has reached deep into our midst. God is indeed our refuge and our strength. We are committed to supporting every student and family and the entire community with love and practical help in this time of trouble. If you are in need, please let us know how we can assist you.

If you know families whose students are displaced from schools located in Montecito and Carpinteria, please share with them that Providence’s doors are open. Space dependent, we will take in any displaced student, preschool (age 3) through eighth grade, with no charge for tuition for the first month. We want to support our brothers and sisters at All-Saints-by-the Sea Preschool, El Montecito Early School, Cold Springs School, Crane Country Day School, Montecito Union School, and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School. 

We will get through this together.

Blessings to all.