Rising from the ashes 

Whether you have a loft with high ceilings and sketches by Picasso, or a studio with cracked plaster and roaches for roommates, there's something in your abode that's priceless. That's what 35 residents of North High Ridge Apartments learned last month when a fire reduced their homes to ashes. For one resident, the irreplaceable something was a near-finished master's thesis. For others, it was precious books and photos. Nobody was hurt. But those who found new apartments still need furniture, clothes and household goods. Other residents who moved in with family and friends are still looking for permanent digs.

At least they have their very own nonprofit. Jeremy Pickens, who lives near the North Avenue complex, founded the Atlanta Disaster Relief Organization in response to the fire. He's collecting money to help with rental deposits, as well as furniture, clothes and other household supplies. Nearby Market One grocery is accepting credit card donations, and the Peachtree Tavern is hosting an April 14 evening fundraiser, featuring Derek St. Holmes, Lou's Blues Revue, Tommy Rivers and members of the Georgia Satellites. The cover is a $10 contribution.

Donations to the relief group can be made by calling 404-870-9317. Donations of clothing, furniture and household items can be dropped off only on April 14 at the Peachtree Tavern, 3179 Peachtree Road.

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