In 2015, four lives lost; 1,300 homes destroyed; 76,000 acres burned. In 2018, another devastating fire.
Where is hope in the midst of seasons of despair?
In the case of Middletown, California, hope has come in the form of Hope City, created by several area churches and affiliated with the Hope Crisis Response Network. The mission: to help rebuild homes in a community of high unemployment, that has a 25-percent local poverty rate, and where approximately 45-percent of the population is uninsured or under-insured.
Would you like to be the hands of hope? Perhaps the hands and feet of Jesus?
Los Altos United Methodist Church is sponsoring a fire recovery trip, Oct. 28-Nov 2, 2018, during which volunteers will assist with rebuilding one of the houses under construction in Middletown. It is open to members of other faith communities, as well as to members of the general population: church affiliation is not a requirement (a minimum age of 14 is, however). Some construction experience is helpful, but not mandatory.
Cost of $200 includes lodging, transportation, food at the location, and insurance – and must be paid by Oct. 15, 2018.
Sign up and make payment on line here.
Print and complete required forms here.
An orientation meeting will take place Oct. 23, 7-8:30 p.m., at Los Altos UMC. Take your completed forms to that meeting.
For more information, download flyer here.