Inspiring Hope

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

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...

04 Sep

The Phases of Volunteering

What does it mean to be a volunteer? In the world of disaster response, that’s not an easy question to answer. From immediate response, to long term recovery, a volunteer at different stages fills many different roles. Each step along the way requires patience and compassion for those affected. Today we’ll be looking at the wildfires Hope Crisis Response Network is currently responding to in Northern California. Our volunteers have been assisting on twelve different fires that have affected Northern...

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....

14 May

Inspiring Hope Shed Build for Sonoma County Fire Survivors

Volunteers from all over the North Bay will be joining together to build and deliver 100 sheds in just one day, on June 9. The sheds will store tools and equipment for fire survivors who will be rebuilding their homes. Hope City staff, partners and volunteers will host the event at Piner High School, 1700 Fulton Road, Santa Rosa, California from 8 am – 4 pm. Teams of four to eight volunteers will be paired with a homeowner for the day;...

16 Nov

Inspiring Hope – Making Service Your Work

Inspiring Hope – Join me as I feature incredible people who are making a difference for families affected by the wildfires in Lake County, California.  I have the privilege of meeting homeowners, volunteers and local business leaders who are making Lake County a better place.  Today how young people are making a different through the AmeriCorps program.   Follow our series and read our previous blog, featuring a long term volunteer whose “working” this fall at Hope City. Hope City coordinates a...

08 Nov

Inspiring Hope – A Long Term Volunteer

Inspiring Hope – Join me as I feature incredible people who are making a difference for families affected by the wildfires in Lake County, California.  I have the privilege of meeting homeowners, volunteers and local business leaders who are making Lake County a better place.  Today we highlight a volunteer who has gone beyond just a week of serving at Hope City.  You can view our previous blog about one of our business partners who brings the lumber to the...

04 Nov

Inspiring Hope – A Rebuild Partner with All the Right Stuff

Inspiring Hope – Join me as I feature incredible people who are making a difference for families affected by the wildfires in Lake County, California.  I have the privilege of meeting homeowners, volunteers and local business leaders who are making Lake County a better place.  Local partners make the difference in our rebuilding projects  Today we focus on a family owned lumber yard that’s putting together the material for a winning home for Lake County residents. Read our previous post...

01 Nov

Inspiring Hope – A Hoosier Connection

Inspiring Hope – Join me as I feature incredible people who are making a difference for families affected by the wildfires in Lake County, California.  I have the privilege of meeting homeowners, volunteers and local business leaders who are making Lake County a better place.  Hope City volunteers travel from across the country to work on our building projects.  Today we focus on two Hoosiers who have made the trip to California twice their year.  Read our previous post about ...

12 Oct

Inspiring Hope – Directing Fire Survivors to Resources

Inspiring Hope – Join me as I feature incredible people who are making a difference for families affected by the wildfires in Lake County, California.  I have the privilege of meeting homeowners, volunteers and local business leaders who are making Lake County a better place.  Today we meet a disaster case manager who stepped up following the Valley Fire.   You can see the previous story about our volunteer dorm which will provide housing for the teams coming in to rebuild homes...

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