Hope Crisis Response Network

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

Happy New Year! It’s January and here are a few of things we’d love for you to be praying over! We are into the rainy season and we are praying for our staff. The wet weather brings with it many challenges, and we pray that each of our staff members stays safe and healthy as they go about the work of getting people home. We are praying over the construction plans for dormitories in Shasta and Butte counties. These sites are...

28 Oct

The Kincade Fire

UPDATED 11/4/19: ALL EVACUATIONS LIFTEDThank you for your concern for HCRN, our staff and our homeowners. Although we are experiencing power shut offs, high winds, and fire, at this time everyone is safe. We appreciate your offers of help and please follow our Facebook page for updates.All shelters are currently at capacity. With the on going power shut offs, shelters are difficult to open and maintain. The shut offs have also made it difficult for our church partners to...

28 Oct

Kincade Fire Update

UPDATED 11/4/19: ALL EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN LIFTEDThank you for your concern for HCRN, our staff and our homeowners. Although we are experiencing power shut offs, high winds, and fire, at this time everyone is safe. We appreciate your offers of help and please follow our Facebook page for updates.All shelters are currently at capacity. With the on going power shut offs, shelters are difficult to open and maintain. The shut offs have also made it difficult for our church...

26 Sep

What Rebuilding Looks Like

HCRN came to Northern California following the Valley Fire that destroyed much of Middletown and the surrounding area. This is a rural community in the poorest county of California. The Valley Fire swept through the neighborhood of Anderson Springs and destroyed 179 homes, leaving only 19 standing. It is a neighborhood with one entrance and exit. It was nestled along a mountain stream in the woods and was a place where people sought solitude and the comfort of nature. HCRN...

30 Aug

Irvin Comes Home

It’s time again for our favorite story to tell: another person getting home! Today we welcome Janis Irvin into her home and celebrate with her and all of the organizations who came together to make it happen. Janis lost her home in the Valley Fire that swept through the Cobb Mountain area and destroyed much of Middletown, CA. HCRN and our building project, Hope City, were proud to partner with North Coast Opportunities and Hammers for Hope on Irvin’s home....

27 Aug

Raby Comes Home

It’s time again for our favorite story to share: a homeowner coming home. We were proud to celebrate the home dedication of Bill Raby and his family. They lost their home in the Redwood Valley Fire of 2017, and today they have a brand new home and a fresh start. HCRN was proud to host the dedication, which was attended by representatives from many of the organizations who partnered to make this home possible for Bill and his family. Those...

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