Hope Crisis Response Network

21 Aug

August 2020 Wildfires

Thousands have been evacuated due to widespread wildfires throughout California. Lightning storms ignited numerous fires, and as of this writing there are 367 unique wildfires burning, 25 of which have become major fires. CALFire resources are spread quite thin and evacuations are being enacted early to keep people safe. These fires are dredging up a lot of painful memories in the communities we serve and they need your prayers as we continue to follow...

31 Jul

Paradise Volunteer Housing

Thank you to the North Valley Community Foundation and Tri Counties Bank! HCRN is proud to announce our partnership with North Valley Community Foundation to secure volunteer housing in Butte County. HCRN and our rebuilding project, Volunteers Rebuilding Our Community (VROC), were awarded $250,000 through the Butte Strong Fund. This is a huge step toward our goal of rebuilding using volunteer labor throughout Butte County in response to the Camp Fire that devastated this community. Additionally, HCRN is also...

02 Jul

The Work in Redding

The rebuilding continues in Northern California! This week our focus brings us to Redding in Shasta County. Here, HCRN and our rebuilding project VROC have partnered with the California Heritage Youth Build Academy (CHYBA) to bring young adults learning trade skills to work on our projects. This collaboration has been such a blessing to us and our homeowners here in Redding. We spoke with Lane Carlson the Career and Technical Education Director with the Redding CHYBA affiliate. Today we’re going...

19 Jun

The Future of Volunteering

Fire survivors still need your support. The COVID-19 crisis has affected everyone across the globe, but our homeowners have been especially affected by the conditions it has caused. HCRN lost two months of building time while Shelter in Place orders left most of the state at home. Home for many of our families is temporary situations like RVs. Construction staff started back to work on May 4th with new onsite health and safety policies. This week we’re going to talk...

05 Jun

Ariel’s Journey

Today, we’re going to talk with Ariel Cottrell from her newly rebuilt home. She lost her home in the Valley Fire that tore through Middletown in 2015. As we arrived for the interview, she greeted us on her lovely little porch and asked if we’d like a homemade latte. Her demeanor is that of relief and excitement, although she did apologize for not being fully unpacked just yet. With the windows cracked and a soft breeze blowing through the neighborhood...

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...

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