Hope Crisis Response Network

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...

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...

27 Aug

Dini and Bill

The process of long term recovery is not always easy for fire survivors. HCRN and our rebuilding project, Hope City, work to relieve some of the pressures homeowners face as they work to get home. It’s thanks to our volunteers who donate their time and labor to work on homes that we’re even to do as much as we do. Over the last decade, many of these volunteer teams have come from churches who decided to organize teams to work...

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