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This author Travis Cox has created 39 entries.

19 Nov

Serving Close to Home

HCRN and Hope City work hard to rebuild in a timely manner for our home owners. To do that, we work with volunteer teams from all over the country and North America. However, sometimes we get teams from much closer to home. That’s the case with this week’s team from the Tri-Valley Group of United Methodist Churches from the East Bay California. They were led by the extremely skillful Steve Elliott who took a short break from building to do...

19 Nov

Mickey’s Place

On a smokey day in November, we had the privilege to speak with Mickey Thibideau. Mickey will be receiving the first ADA home Hope City has built in Northern California. At the moment, he lives on the property with his daughter and her two children. Mickey uses a power wheel chair to get around and enjoys going down to the senior center most days for lunch. He’s affected by a disease which makes it difficult for him to stand and...

09 Nov

Paradise is Burning

A fire in Butte County of Northern California has consumed about 70,000 acres in the span of 24 hours. The fire is moving quickly and at the time of this writing is 5% contained. Current numbers coming from the sheriff’s department list 5 lives lost in the town of Paradise, which has experienced destruction on a large scale. HCRN is responding to what is being called at this time the Camp Fire. It is the 15th fire we have responded to...

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....

19 Oct

Thinking Long Term

Of the many ways in which we serve, directly meeting the needs of those suffering is one of the greatest things we as Christians can do. Over the last few months, these articles have focused on how we’ve been meeting immediate needs as the wildfires in Northern California have blazed throughout the summer. Today, we take a look at volunteers who are building homes, and meeting the long term needs of fire survivors. The First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa...

19 Oct

The Duvals Come Home

It’s time again for our favorite story to tell: a family returning home! This week we welcomed home the Duvals who have spent the last three winters in a fifth wheel trailer. All that time in a close space leads to a lot of family togetherness. Mike, Carolyn and their two young daughters, Crystal and Cassidy celebrated their completed Hope City home by looking back at some of the difficult times since the Valley Fire. Carolyn cried and hugged her friend...

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...

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