Camp Fire Survivors move into Salvation Army Housing

Christmas Eve 2019, The Salvation Army welcomes its first family into Hope Vista. The transitional living homes in Olivehurst were built and finished ahead of schedule with the goal of having families move in before Christmas. That goal will be realized when a single mother and her three sons, all 2018 Camp Fire survivors, move in today. The family will be welcomed into their new, temporary home with a Christmas tree, presents and a full holiday meal waiting in the fridge. During the ribbon cutting of Hope Vista last month, area businesses stepped up to sponsor the incoming families, making those holiday surprises possible.
Hope Vista is the only transitional housing complex in the region. Not only is there still a big demand for Camp Fire survivor housing, a year later, but the region has a 15% poverty rate and rising homeless population. The Salvation Army has a mission of lifting people up out of the cycle of poverty, giving them hope and providing them with opportunities to turn their lives around. This is part of The Salvation Army’s Long-Term Recovery Program for wildfire survivors. The homes will house Camp Fire survivors for 12-18 months, then the program will open up to other families who need help getting back on their feet.
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What do we do with your generous donations? Check out the report of our activities in response to the devastation in N. California at the end of 2018 (and still ongoing). Click in the image above.