April 20, 2023 | by Steve Elliott
Survivors of disasters, such as a wildfire or flood, face years of recovery. Nearly two years ago, the Caldor Fire in El Dorado County burned down over 400 homes in the area known as Grizzly Flats. These families still struggle with temporary housing, loss of possessions, loss of work and other daily challenges.
The churches of the Cal-Nev Conference have been involved in assisting Caldor Fire survivors since the Fire happened and continue to do so. Our assistance includes addressing immediate needs, such as food and other basics. We are also helping to fund long-term housing solutions.
One of many programs in which we participate is the monthly “Resource Day.” Each Resource Day offers food, essential household goods, and services from a variety of sources. April 16th was the most recent one. Coordinated by our local church, El Dorado County Federated in Placerville, our theme for this most recent event was “bedding.” Forty-six households received new sheets, blankets, and such.
The most dramatic offering we had was a carload of handmade quilts. These beautiful quilts were made and donated by a person whose family are members of Lodi First UMC. Survivors were so touched by such a special gift of beauty and love.
Part of the funding for this event came from a grant to the Federated Church from the Cal-Nev Conference and a donation from the Presbyterian Church in Folsom. We also offered gardening tools. Other donations included produce and gift cards from the Food Bank of El Dorado County and storage totes from the local Mormon church.
The pain of a disaster lingers for a long time, but there are bright moments such as these that offer relief and hope.