Hope Crisis Response Network

15 May

Our Next Steps

The whole world has been reeling as we figure out how best to protect the most vulnerable amongst us. This has led to many closings, and delays through every facet of life and industry. Our HCRN homeowners have not escaped these delays, and it has been our highest priority to resume work on these homes. At HCRN, our most valuable and important asset is our volunteer teams. Because of volunteer labor, HCRN is able to rebuild homes at 30% of...

20 Mar

COVID-19 and Cabin Fever

Shelter in place tips Keep to a normal schedule with-in your home: mealtimes, chores, bedtime, etcPractice good hygiene Monitor your temperature and coughIf a family member becomes sick, follow recommend medical advice. If it isn’t serious you may want to consider calling ask a nurse instead of going to the doctor. If it is serious call your doctor or call 911Eat nutritious mealsEnjoy comfort food, but don’t overindulgeLearn to bake, or teach someone to bakeTake turns cooking creative mealsManage your stressKeep your family engaged with one anotherLook out for...

16 Mar

Temporarily Suspending Volunteer Teams

It is with heavy hearts that HCRN has suspended all incoming volunteer teams to our camps until April 16th. We do not make this decision lightly. Our construction staff and AmeriCorps teams will remain on site and continue the work of Rebuilding Homes and Restoring Lives. We have a responsibility to follow recommendations for the health of our volunteers and the communities we serve. We ask for your prayers, and that you hold all of those affected by these disruptions in your...

10 Mar

Man of the Year

HCRN has always been about our volunteers and how we are best able to assist communities impacted by disaster. We have been blessed to have Kevin Cox leading our organization for 20 years. His drive to help those hurting and bring them back to a new normal inspires our staff and the communities here in Northern California. This year Cox was recognized by Lake County as Man of the Year for all the work HCRN has done in Middletown since...

27 Feb

Life After AmeriCorps

Mentoring young people as they learn to serve in their community has been part of the HCRN process for 20 years.  It is this dedication that has kept HCRN working with the organization known as AmeriCorps. Through this organization’s many different programs, we’ve seen young people from across the country come to support disaster survivors, learn new skills, and develop as leaders. Here in Northern California, HCRN has sponsored more than a dozen National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) AmeriCorps teams since...

14 Feb

Community of Strength

Recovery is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Here at HCRN, we need to remind communities of this on a regular basis. That’s not to say that they shouldn’t be excited about the progress made, but that they shouldn’t get frustrated when things move slower than they first expected. This is especially true in the communities of Paradise and Magalia, who lost 15,000+ homes, and have had to come back from a more prolific disaster than any other community in...

01 Feb

The Joy Is Ours

Hope City is successful because of how we mobilize volunteers and work with local communities to get people home. Not every volunteer team is a large group. This week, Hope City in Middletown was lucky enough to host the Tanquists, Roger and Mardel. The two of them have been volunteering and working across the country for nearly 30 years. Let’s see what drives them and what they can share with others who want to be a part of Rebuilding Homes,...

23 Jan

Sweet Notes

At Hope City, our mission is “Rebuilding Homes and Restoring Lives.” When teams are in camp, most of their attention is focused on doing the physical labor of building homes. It’s usually at Family Night on Thursdays that our teams really have a chance to hear our homeowners’ stories. That doesn’t mean that our teams don’t do what they can to leave encouragement for our homeowners, and one of the sweetest ways is leaving messages in their homes. Everyone loves getting...

11 Jan

Learning From the Past

While NCCC Blue 6 stayed with us in Middletown, we thought it would be a fun exercise and an insightful look at the community to have the team’s media representatives conduct an interview and write a short article. The three of them did a magnificent job and we’re proud to present their work here. “You learn from what’s behind you—you can’t let it drag you down and ruin anything ahead of you.” – Craig Eve After the Valley fire of 2015, Craig...

15 Nov

What We’re Praying For

The Coronavirus and it’s effects are being felt all across the country, we ask for prayer for those who have fallen ill, that they may be comforted and their fears eased. Continuing in that vein, we are praying for all medical personnel as they deal with incredibly stressful working conditions. We pray protection over them, that they may continue to help those who have fallen ill. Amidst the Shelter in Place here in California, we ask for continued prayer as we move...

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