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This author Travis Cox has created 21 entries.

09 Oct

Starting Over

It’s time again for one of our most important stories: Home Dedications. Building a home take time, labor, and after all of that we like to celebrate with the families by welcoming them home with a few special items and, of course, the keys to their new home. When we first start these projects, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, not because we don’t believe they’ll be finished, but because of how...

18 Sep

The Finishing Work

Volunteering doesn’t always mean you’ll see the immediate fruits of your labor, and that’s especially true when rebuilding homes. For Mary Francine Crawford Bonera and her group from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, they happened to be doing quite a bit of finishing work on several homes. Let’s take a look at how their week progressed. When Mary and her group arrived, a group of AmeriCorps kids were watching for them from the windows. It made the Colorado...

17 Sep

Peterson’s Commitment to the Community

A solid home is built on a firm foundation. That’s where every home starts, from the bottom up. Before a foundation can even be poured, however, a lot needs to happen. Ground needs to be excavated, dirt needs to be hauled away, forms need to be built to hold the cement, and, finally, a foundation is poured. Thanks to Peterson and their partner Navistar, we now have equipment specifically for this type of work. They proudly presented Hope Crisis Response...

17 Sep

The Guzman’s Come Home

Up on Cobb Mountain, in Lake County, there’s a small property. A cute little pond with plant beds all along the shore, and several fruit trees freshly planted, with algae from the pond used as fertilizer. Rogel and Maria Guzman lost their home in the 2015 Valley Fire, but today they have a new home and are quickly finding new ways to be joyful. Hope City homeowners and Kevin Cox at their new home. “I was so depressed for so long, but...

28 Aug

The Many Roles of Volunteers

Wildfires have become a constant in the western part of the US. So much so that it can become overwhelming to watch the news and see another disaster strike a community. In Northern California, the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire have created a devastating example of what disaster looks like. These fires have lead to several thousands of people being evacuated from their homes. As of this writing, the Carr Fire in Redding has destroyed over 1,000 homes....

09 Aug

Mendocino Complex and Carr Fires

Currently, there are several large fires raging in Northern California, our team is working long hours to provide assistance and training. However, the increased need has put a strain on our camp and staff. We need your help! The Medocino Complex Fire is the largest in state history, and the Carr fire has destroyed over 1,000 homes.  As of this writing, our staff and volunteers have been focusing our efforts on the emergency shelters and immediate needs. You can help,...

06 Aug

Congratulations AmeriCorps Teams!

We’d like to congratulate the AmeriCorps teams we’ve had the pleasure of hosting this year on their recent graduation from the program! For the past two years, Hope City and North Coast Opportunities, Inc. have been program sponsors for AmeriCorps teams from the Pacific Region. This program provides a ten month service opportunity for young people ages 18-24 as they work with non-profit organizations across the region. This year, we hosted three teams at the Hope City Dorm in Middletown. CEO...

06 Aug

Planning a Volunteer Team

Planning a volunteer trip takes quite a bit of coordinating, and you’ll likely have many skilled people ready to work. Making sure your group is putting their time and talents to good use is our top priority. That’s why we at Hope City decided to give you a little insight into how we do things at our camp. Our promise to you and your team is Good Work, Good Rest and Good Food! Our first promise to you is Good Work....

06 Aug

A Brief Update on Redding

We sent out an update on the Mendocino Complex Fire and the Carr Fire on Friday. Today, we want to follow up with some information on what we’ve been doing while these fires have pushed many out of their homes. Our volunteers have been helping out at the emergency shelters, serving meals and helping distribute items as necessary. In addition to serving, we’ve been making deliveries to the shelters across Lake County. Each site has it’s own specific needs, and our...

25 Jun

The AmeriCorps Crew

“I wanted to spend a year doing service.” Bree Dion is team leader for the AmeriCorps crew currently stationed at our home base in Middletown, California. The team is made up of 11 18-24 year olds who have all decided they wanted to give back to communities affected by natural disasters. This team is a part of AmeriCorps’ National Civilian Community Corps, or NCCC. The program consists of three rounds spent around the country in various capacities. Bree’s team is in...

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