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Amarillo's Family Support Services Regroups After Devastating Fire

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Brandi Reed

One of the most important and vital nonprofits in the Texas Panhandle was struck by tragedy this weekend.

Early Sunday morning, the downtown Amarillo headquarters of Family Support Services was consumed by fire. There were no injuries, as the building was unoccupied at the time.

In a statement to HPPR, FSS’s human trafficking outreach coordinator Ashley Jourdan said, “We are all humbled by the continuous support from the community. We know this will be a beautiful story of resilience, and we are more inspired than ever to continue our work.”

In a statement sent to the Globe-News, Amarillo Fire Captain Kyle Joy estimated the resulting damage at $800,000.

The building on Polk Street was home to a vibrant organization that performed charitable work on multiple fronts, from aiding veterans with PTSD, to offering counseling to troubled teens, to caring for battered women and rape victims.

As of Monday, an online GoFundMe had raised nearly $5,000 to help rebuild.