Having been through two house fires now, I have acquired alot of knowledge with reguard to first steps to take, next steps to take, dealing with insurance companies, reading the fine print and between the lines of what insurance companies are not telling us.
Several months after our fire I started feeling a gentle (okay maybe not so gentle) push towards helping other families that are recovering from home fires. However, I was not exactly sure how to go about it and what the whole scenario would look like. So, while I was at church one Sunday our Pastor related a story of a family near our church whose home had burned down the prior Wednesday. I knew that was it - a sign that it was time. So that afternoon I asked around and was finally able to find out where the home was. I was lucky enough to arrive when the father was there. I related to him who I was and what I had been through and that I wanted to help he and his family through this if they would allow me. Explaining that I wasn't one of the ambulance chasing private adjusters - that I would not accept a fee for my services - that it was just something I felt I was being led to do. I was very blessed to spend several hours with this family and continue to work with them through the stages of recovery.
This contact sparked my excitement and now I have had the pleasure of working with not only families in our local area, but also travelled to Southern California last year to work with the wildfire victims. Daily across the country the media covers 15 - 25 fires. I have been able to tap into that media to get into touch with those families and have been able to help many through their recovery process. It has been a wonderful experience to be able to make something wonderful out of something so tragic.
When I started envisioning what this organization was going to look like, I basically just thought I would contact the families - offer whatever advice they would be open to and help as long as they wanted me to.
But the picture has, shall we say, broadened a bit. Many people have heard of my plight and are offering donations that I can use to help get the families on the track of recovery. What type of donations you ask? Toiletries, kids items, clothing (new), GIFT CARDS (as these are easy to mail across the country), restaurant certificates. The sky's the limit. It has just been a blessing.
Also - If you hear of a fire in your area - send me a quick email and let me know just to make sure. I have scanners going all the time, but they don't catch every call.
I am letting God guide this endeavor. I am opening my heart and my life to see what he wants this to become. I am making brochures and have been in contact with local churches, fire departments, social organizations. We are trying to get the word out so that we can be a first responder and get quick help to these people so that I might be able to speed up their recovery. To, in some little way, lessen their burden. I have set up a paypal account to accept monetary donations. If you would like to make a donation of a tangable item, please email me and let me know. We are a registered non-profit organization in Washington state.
Norene Beaver - Director (360) 509-0763
A non-profit organization created to
assist the victims of fire.
We have been in your situation - let us help.
All assistance offered free of charge.
"Only a life lived for others is worth living!"
- Albert Einstein