By Jenny Copello
Development Coordinator/Executive Asst., The Endowment Board
Beginning November 8, 2018 and lasting 17 long days until its containment on November 25, the Camp Fire destroyed thousands of structures in Paradise, California and surrounding communities. There was major loss, and those who made it out were displaced from their homes, their work, and their lives.
The Endowment Board owns Lakeview Apartments in Chico, and that became a haven and place of solace for survivors.
The property manager of the complex, John Liclican, was one of the victims of the devastation. John’s extended family lost their home and all the precious memories it held. During the traumatic events that were unfolding and amid the tragedy, John rose above his own personal and family struggles and expedited, along with the Lakeview Team, the availability of 17 units to assist 38 displaced individuals/families.
The Endowment Board is blessed and proud to have employees who, when faced with personal heartbreak, still find it in their heart to show compassion and kindness towards others. John stated, “The folks that survived and are sharing their stories don’t shake hands anymore – they hug. They are grateful for the ability to express their emotions and sympathy for those not as fortunate.”
Thank you, Lakeview Team, for your outstanding work, empathy to those in need, commitment to serve the community, and hugs for those who needed them most.