Inspiring Hope

30 Oct

Stronger Together

As a member of the Body of Christ, the most amazing thing to remember is that we are not alone in our endeavors. Because of our shared call to serve, HCRN likes to work with other organizations to help fill our volunteer needs, and the needs of our home owners. This week we were host to a team from Mennonite Disaster Service, an organization whose mission is to respond in Christian love to those affected by disaster. We love building...

23 Oct

Patient Rebuilding

Timing and patience are a big factor in every build we do here at HCRN. Building in an area that has been so affected by wildfires over the course of the last few years means that building supplies are in high demand. The story of Armand Thibideau’s home starts with waiting three months while trusses were on back order for his home. Armand is known as Mickey to his friends, and he tries to keep a close eye on his property....

16 Oct

A Noble Effort

The work at HCRN always starts with Hope. Hope in Christ to provide for the needs of our homeowners. Hope for a future where our homeowners are waking up in their own beds again. If we didn’t start with this Hope, we’d be failing as servants of Christ. Today’s story starts with a weedy lot and the Hope of what’s to come. Recently, we met with Kyle Noble at her property to begin all the preliminary actions that go into construction....

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

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...

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