A Community in Distress
Response from Grace
November – December 2018
The Camp Fire, which first ignited in Butte County on Thursday November 8, 2018, consumed more than 153,000 acres and displaced thousands of residents from Paradise, Magalia, Concow, and other communities located near our Grace Campus in Chico. Just under 14,000 homes and more than 500 commercial structures were destroyed by what has been identified as the most destructive wildfire in California history. Our hearts are breaking for the tremendous loss that has yet to be fully realized by those hardest hit by the fire.
As we move from initial relief to recovery, we here at Grace are seeking ways in which to comfort those most profoundly affected by the fire; both now and for the long-haul. We are providing prayer and practical support to the many Grace families that have lost their homes and the many more Grace families that are sheltering evacuees. We are currently sharing our facility with mental health professionals who can’t yet return to their offices in Paradise so that they can have a safe and comfortable place to meet with the clients who need them now more then ever. We have also opened our hearts and our facilities to Hope Christian Church of Paradise so that they can regularly gather their congregation together as they recover and rebuild after the loss of their homes and church facility. And, we are excited to share that we have just opened our doors to Children’s Community Charter School of Paradise. They will be operating as a school on week-days in our Children’s Center. We are heartbroken over the losses that our Paradise neighbors have suffered but are grateful to see that our good and great God is rising up beautiful new relationships from the ashes.
To learn more about resources for recovery: www.paradiserecovers.org
To register for FEMA assistance: Call 1-800-621-3362, visit the Disaster Recovery Center at the former Sears store on the Chico Mall (1982 E 20th St, Chico, CA 95928) or go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
To learn more about what to expect when working with FEMA: HERE
To get help navigating a fair insurance claim payout: United Policyholders
To get help with search for housing: https://www.campfirehousing.org/
To apply for emergency assistance from Untied Way: https://www.norcalunitedway.org/camp-fire
To learn about Butte County Crisis Hotline services https://www.buttecounty.net/behavioralhealth/Help-in-Crisis