Fire relief--Update

Brian Coyle Center provides headquarters for New Year’s Day fire recovery efforts.

UPDATE (February 20, 2014)-- The Brian Coyle Center continues to work on and lead recovery efforts after the New Years Day Fire in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood. We now know that the fire quickly consumed the building leaving little time for residents to escape. Ultimately 16 people were injured, some very seriously, and three people died. Thanks to the many people who donated clothing, food and money and continue to help. Recovery will take some time as those severely injured are still hospitalized or in rehabilitation centers.

With your help, the future seems less daunting. One hundred percent of the dollars raised is going directly to the survivors of the fire and reimburse uncovered funeral expenses. Due to the generous gifts from across the state, we have been able to help with secure housing, replace household items, offer counseling services, and help with special accommodations needed as a result of injury. Yet there are still significant financial needs for those in recovery. If you would like to provide additional assistance to the victims of the Cedar-Riverside fire call the Brian Coyle Center 612-787-3730. Checks should be made out to “Pillsbury United Communities” or financial contributions can be made online at http://www.puc-mn.org/donate. Note “Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief” on all donations. 

Minneapolis, MN (January 2, 2013) — The Brian Coyle Center of Pillsbury United Communities has been helping to coordinate responses, answering questions, and hosting command centers for the Red Cross and the Salvation Army as well as the press.

"The response from across the Twin Cities and beyond has been incredible. We have received many inquiries from people who would like to donate money, clothing and food," reported Brian Coyle Center Director Amano Dube. “We want to thank the Minneapolis fire department and Minneapolis police department for saving lives. And we also want to thank outgoing Mayor Rybak and incoming Mayor Hodges for being here as well as Councilmember-elect Abdi Warsame, Congressman Keith Ellison, all the organizations in and around the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and the entire East African Community for their strong leadership during this difficult time. Working together, we will bring relief and support to the victims of this tragedy and their families.”

Community members who wish to provide assistance to the victims of the Cedar-Riverside fire may make contributions through the Brian Coyle Center by calling 612-787-3730. The Brian Coyle Center, 420 15th Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55454, is open from 8:30 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday; 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday. Checks should be made out to “Pillsbury United Communities” or financial contributions can be made online at http://www.puc-mn.org/donate. Note “Cedar-Riverside Fire Disaster Relief” on all donations.  

For additional questions about ways to help, Brian Coyle Center Director Amano Dube also encourages community members to email questions directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Brian Coyle Center has been a cultural hub and social service provider for the Cedar-Riverside community in its current building since 1992 and traces roots in the neighborhood to one of Pillsbury United Communities earliest settlement houses, built in this area in 1906. Pillsbury United Communities has experience organizing disaster relief efforts; providing leadership during the Tornado recovery in 2011 and the Bridge collapse in 2007.  

More than 50,000 people each year benefit from Pillsbury United Communities’ educational initiatives, youth and family services, employment and training opportunities, health and nutritional support, and emergency resources at five neighborhood centers, innovative programs, and business ventures throughout the Twin Cities.