Three new homes dedicated; Phase Two reconstruction approved!

Saturday, March 12, was another great day, as friends, volunteers, donors, and OCLTRG staff welcomed three additional survivor families into their new homes. This brings the total of replacement homes completed in Phase One to 12; with the final two to be completed soon!

Donors and volunteers present for the day's festivities included Christian Public Service (CPS), Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Pacific Northwest Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rebuilding Together Ministries, Salvation Army, Adventist Disaster Response, United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), and United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM). They were joined by Okanogan County Long Term Recovery staff, disaster case managers, members of the media, and families, friends and well-wishers.

   Jim Udell lost his home, outbuildings, and all his possessions when the Carlton Complex wildfire swept down North Star Road. He and his brother, Chris, spent two long, cold winters in a donated travel trailer before moving into their volunteer-built, donor-funded home last week. He got a hug and a housewarming quilt from volunteer Joyce Royce. Carlene Anders, OCLTRG executive director, applauds.

Jim Udell lost his home, outbuildings, and all his possessions when the Carlton Complex wildfire swept down North Star Road. He and his brother, Chris, spent two long, cold winters in a donated travel trailer before moving into their volunteer-built, donor-funded home last week. He got a hug and a housewarming quilt from volunteer Joyce Royce. Carlene Anders, OCLTRG executive director, applauds.

   Joe Glandon lives just up the road from Jim Udell. When he lost  his home to the Carlton Complex fire, he set about to replace it using salvaged pallets. Disaster case manager Shara Cunningham found out about it and vetted him for OCLTRG assistance. He is delighted with his new home and proudly displays a housewarming quilt his "brother from another mother," Gene Claassen, of MDS, presented him. The two have grown close in the last few months, working on Joe's new home.

Joe Glandon lives just up the road from Jim Udell. When he lost  his home to the Carlton Complex fire, he set about to replace it using salvaged pallets. Disaster case manager Shara Cunningham found out about it and vetted him for OCLTRG assistance. He is delighted with his new home and proudly displays a housewarming quilt his "brother from another mother," Gene Claassen, of MDS, presented him. The two have grown close in the last few months, working on Joe's new home.

  Michelle and Brian Gray and their six children lost their Alta Lake home in July 2014. After sleeping on church pews and in campers for over a year, they bought a piece of land outside Malott and started to rebuild, but ran out of money before framing was complete. The OCLTRG stepped in to help, finishing the large, two-story home in a matter of nine weeks, thanks to donated labor from MDS and Christian Public Service volunteers, funded by donations to the OCLTRG’s capital campaign. Michelle--in orange--served homemade cinnamon rolls and other treats to her houseful of guests sharing her joy.

Michelle and Brian Gray and their six children lost their Alta Lake home in July 2014. After sleeping on church pews and in campers for over a year, they bought a piece of land outside Malott and started to rebuild, but ran out of money before framing was complete. The OCLTRG stepped in to help, finishing the large, two-story home in a matter of nine weeks, thanks to donated labor from MDS and Christian Public Service volunteers, funded by donations to the OCLTRG’s capital campaign. Michelle--in orange--served homemade cinnamon rolls and other treats to her houseful of guests sharing her joy.

   Each housewarming ceremony began and ended with a song by CPS volunteers, and included a blessing read by volunteers from UMVIM. The blessing reads in part, "  This house is so much more than the structure that surrounds us today; it is a community united in a common purpose. It is a tangible expression of faith alive; of the good things that people are doing in this world."  Yes, indeed.

Each housewarming ceremony began and ended with a song by CPS volunteers, and included a blessing read by volunteers from UMVIM. The blessing reads in part, "This house is so much more than the structure that surrounds us today; it is a community united in a common purpose. It is a tangible expression of faith alive; of the good things that people are doing in this world."  Yes, indeed.

We've only got two more homes to finish in Phase One--and 15 new homes to begin in Phase Two! Just last Monday, the Board approved the start of Phase Two construction, which will get under way in April, when the Dawn Patrol returns to do site clearing and preparation. As soon as weather permits we'll start pouring foundations!
As always, our progress is only made possible through the generous support of people like you! Click on the link to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington to make a secure online donation--which is fully tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law!
Thank you so much for your  support!