There are few places in the city that are more crucial, that provide more important services, than the Pacifica Resource Center. So, we were disheartened to hear of the fire at the PRC last week.

As most in the city know, the PRC has been providing food, help with housing and other critical services to your neighbors for going on five decades. It gives away school supplies, delivers help around the holidays — even prepares taxes for hundreds of people in Pacifica. Last year, the organization helped about 1 in 10 families in Pacifica. That is a shocking percentage and one that should shock our consciences as well. Suffice to say, the pandemic did nothing to make these vital services any less crucial.

Thankfully, no one was injured and we are glad to report that these essential services continue. Staff remains tireless, through pandemic, smoky skies and now a fire right in the center’s attic. Perhaps we can take strength from knowing that the center of such resilience is once again leading the way out of calamity.

Now it’s our turn. Now would be a really good time to consider a donation. Visit for details on how you can help the people who help us all year long.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director of the Pacifica Tribune.

Clay Lambert is the editorial director for Coastside News Group. After years working at regional daily newspapers, he began as editor of the Half Moon Bay Review in 2004.

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