Please join us in supporting our dear sister Jaclyn and her husband Ari as they rebuild their life after the fire swept through the valley and took their home and work studios.
Jaclyn DeSantis is a local steward that has dedicated her time to serving the Wildlife at the Ojai Raptor Center. Being an integral part of the rescue, rehabilitation and release of birds of prey, she has been focused on keeping the wildlife safe from the fires and the air toxicity for the past week. In her devotion to the animals, Jaclyn did not have the ability to focus on her own possessions being lost in the fire, and risked her health and livelihood evacuating the birds 4 times.
After getting the animals back to the ORC she has come to discover her home is uninhabitable. Through the overwhelming shock of the weeks events, and her constant attention to the animals, she hasn't even begun to process their personal loses.
We know that while she is busy caring for the wildlife and the community she is not caring or thinking of herself. So we feel committed in caring for her while she cares for others. Jaclyn has gifted her amazing magic while building the community space at AYAM, where she is the resident sound healer. She constantly inspires us with her loving heart, strength, humility, selflessness and integrity in how she walks her path. So many are in need right now financially, physically and emotionally as these fires burn through many neighborhoods in California. As we all continue to take steps to help as much as we can, we know Jaclyn is the first to say go to https://ojairelief.com to see what people need. They are beyond grateful for what they do have and know others are in more difficult positions then there’s. We fully support and encourage all help🙏 however, this couple Ari and Jaclyn are our community and they need us to surround them now in support.
What Jaclyn shared~
“ It is safe to say that our county has never seen the likes of a fire like this. We evacuated the birds four times because the Raptor Center was under threat multiple times.
Ari and I rented a tiny one bedroom cabin in a magical canyon which will sadly not look the same for many years to come. Because it was such a small space, our land lady supplied us with 2 sheds where we kept all of our stuff as to not clutter our living space. I used one as a studio. Both burned, so we lost the majority of our stuff. The cabin didn't burn, but will be uninhabitable for some time. We are still not allowed up and were advised to look for a new rental. It goes without saying that these are all just material possessions and we are blessed and grateful to be here.
My heart aches most for the wildlife affected by these fires. I love Ojai with all of my heart and we are a stronger community than ever before.”