Hope Crisis Response Network

03 May

French Comes Home

Lake County has been our home base since the Valley Fire raged through Middletown and the Cobb Mountain area. Through all the struggles and challenges of rebuilding after such an awful disaster, one thing has remained constant: our desire to get people home. Today we are proud to celebrate Jocelyn French coming home. This home dedication began with Kevin Cox, the founder and CEO of HCRN, speaking on the joy of this occasion. “It is very special because a home is...

23 Apr

Ramos Comes Home

HCRN and Hope City do a lot to bring in volunteer labor, and a large portion of our volunteers don’t get to see what all their efforts produce. That’s why we’ve taken to doing these segments on Home Dedications. And, honestly, these are our favorite stories to do: families coming home. Today, we welcome Katherine Ramos into her new home. Katherine lost her home in the Valley Fire that burned through Middletown, and has now found herself in a brand...

20 Mar

In A Heartbeat

When the Camp Fire raged through Northern California, it received national attention. It would go on to be the deadliest fire in California history, with the lives of over 80 people lost. The fire ran through Paradise, CA and has left this community reeling. In the days after the disaster, HCRN was on the ground helping to organize the local pastors and their congregations, providing information on how to navigate FEMA and other immediate needs. One of the ways HCRN...

13 Mar

Serving From The Heart

HCRN first came to Northern California to serve the town of Middletown, after the Valley Fire of 2015. In that time, we built a dormitory to house all of our volunteers and AmeriCorps teams as they make their way through camp. To keep everything running smoothly, our Hope City team does a fantastic job coordinating with teams while they stay in Lake County. Today, we’re excited for you to meet our newest team members, Tra and Kristan Hay, who run...

06 Mar

The Mission

The rainy season here in Northern California is ongoing, and we can’t wait for the skies to clear and the hammers to swing. Very soon, we’ll begin construction on several homes across multiple counties, and for that we’ll need volunteers like you! Volunteers are the heart of our organization, without them Hope City would be unable to assist as many families as we do. To those who have served with us in the past, we ask that you consider volunteering...

27 Feb

The Mendocino Crew

In Northern California, February is quite the rainy month, making some projects impractical if they’re outdoors. Because of this, we were able to sit down and talk with some of the crew for the Hope City project in Mendocino County. Currently, there are three home builds in progress in the county, with more to come. We visited the home of Paul Spangenberg, who was unfortunately not available at the time to do an interview. His home sits on a nice...

12 Feb

All Stars

We have the opportunity to work with so many amazing people here in Northern California. From volunteers to community organizers, it’s truly a privilege to have such a fantastic web to rely on as we rebuild and respond to disasters. We’re not the only ones who think so, either. Since 1998, Lake County has hosted an event called Stars of Lake County to recognize the impact that individuals, businesses and organizations have had on this community. Today, we want to...

06 Feb

Fishers of Men

Today we have a flashback to a few weeks ago when a team out of the Midwest made the trek to Northern California. So let’s start with a very important question: What makes a good volunteer team good? The team calls themselves the Fishermen. They took their name from Jesus bidding, “Follow me and I’ll make you fishers of men.” They’re a team full of love and devotion, setting out to do the work the Lord called His people to do....

29 Jan

The Final Stretch

As January comes to a close, we’re so happy to see the near completion on another one of our home rebuilds. Jocelyn French lives up on Cobb Mountain and lost her home in the Valley Fire of 2015. She’s grateful for so many things, and especially the volunteers who have helped work on her home, but today we wanted to focus on a few of the things she’s most excited about. The power to her home was connected recently which is...

29 Jan

My Experience in AmeriCorps NCCC

We’re very excited to have a guest writer in Lauren Martins, as she talks about her time with AmeriCorps so far: AmeriCorps NCCC was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. It was senior year in high school and I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do after, until my friend told me about this program called Americorps NCCC. I became interested in it and did more research until I decided this is what I want...

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