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Lauren Coughlin, Editor
8:06 am PST December 5, 2018

Some Malibu residents may not have heard of the Greater Malibu Disaster Relief Project, and that’s the way the group prefers it.

“GMDRP is basically silent when times are good, and we rise up in times of crisis,” said Greg Hughes, president of GMDRP.

GMDRP, founded in 1993, is back in action following the Woolsey Fire, but it is not the first stop for those in need of financial aid. The locally run nonprofit works to offer financial assistance to homeowners who do not qualify for aid through insurance, the Federal Emergency Management Agency or the American Red Cross. 

“Oftentimes, we’ve found insurance doesn’t cover anything,” said Hughes, a board member for 18 years.

GMDRP does not aid businesses, Hughes notes.

Case workers with the organization assist homeowners and determine the level of aid they can provide. 

“We are in this together,” Hughes said. “ ... We all are local people; we either work or live in Malibu, so we’re here to help our people.”

Fellow board members include Pepperdine Crest Associates Senior Vice Chancellor Louis Drobnick, Malibu Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Bruderlin and HRL Laboratories Director of Human Resources Frank Brady.

Donations to the Greater Malibu Disaster Relief Project may be sent to PO Box 6321, Malibu, CA 90264. 

The organization also may be reached at GMDRP2018@gmail.com.