LOWELL — Community leaders in this old mill city gathered Monday to sort out a predicament that often follows tragedy — benevolence is in no short supply, but direction is tougher to find.
Stunned by the state’s deadliest fire since 1994, a broad array of nonprofit and social support groups mobilized to help victims of the inferno, which killed seven people and left more than 50 without a home last week.
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On Monday, representatives from aid agencies gathered to designate point people and coordinate plans to address a plethora of challenges, from finding permanent housing for fire victims to getting them new driver’s licenses.
“We need to get beyond just saying we support, and put our money and our time where our mouth is,” said Voop de Vulpillieres, deputy director of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association.
Speaking over the whir of box fans in a small conference room Monday, a few dozen community leaders — including the mayor, a fire official, and some health professionals — sought to channel the outpouring of support that has followed the blaze into an organized approach.
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