Hope Crisis Response Network

28 Jun

The Kids Are Alright

We love hosting AmeriCorps teams. For the last several years, HCRN and our building project, Hope City, have been host to AmeriCorps teams from NCCC. This organization allows young adults to give a year of service and experience a wide variety of projects aimed at bettering communities. Their service is broken up into three rounds over the course of nine months. For third round this year, we’ve had a truly amazing and selfless group who have blown us away with...

27 Jun

Jones Comes Home

Today, we’re welcoming Deanna Jones back home. Northern California has been plagued with what seems like a new record breaking fire every year. So much of the national focus falls on these large and horrendous fires, and many of the, by comparison, smaller fires have been forgotten. The Clayton Fire ripped through Lower Lake and 175 homes were lost and many families displaced. Among those who lost their homes was Deanna Jones. Deanna moved to Lake County in 1995, looking...

21 Jun

Frost Comes Home

Every person we get home is one step closer to a community that feels whole. Charlotte Frost lost her home in the Valley Fire that nearly destroyed all of Middletown. As Frost has worked to get back home, she has dealt with cancer and treatments, as well as a number of other medical issues. Her son, Daniel, has been her biggest advocate, and we are so happy to welcome the Frosts home! On many of our projects here in Middletown, CA,...

14 Jun

Stay On the Plus Side

HCRN first came to Lake County after the Valley Fire that nearly destroyed the whole of Middletown. In the time since we arrived, we’ve been able to meet and assist some amazing people. Today we want to showcase some of the homeowners we’re working with on their journey back home: Jerry and Martha Hotchkiss. The Hotchkiss’s moved up to the Middletown area after having kids and living in Los Angeles. “Living in town is close quarters and it’s nice to get...

29 May

Thibodeau Comes Home

Rebuilding homes has always come with it’s own set of challenges, and each and every home we build is a learning opportunity. Not just for the way we build, but the way we minister to our families. Today, we’re incredibly happy to celebrate the Thibodeau home being completed and our first ADA compliant build in Lake County being the perfect fit for Mickey and his needs. Mickey lost his home in the Valley Fire that raged through Middletown and the Cobb...

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...

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