Carefree Mobile Village Residents and Thousands of Rogue Valley Almeda Fire Survivors Need Help:
It’s been a month since the fires destroyed 82 homes of seniors in the close-knit community of Carefree Mobile Village (“Carefree”). Carefree residents were not the only ones to lose their homes. The Almeda Fire burned over 2,500 residential properties, and consequently we are partnering with a non-profit with boots on the ground in the Rogue Valley because:
•Many survivors are struggling to navigate the aftermath.
•Many lack adequate insurance coverage.
•Many have received FEMA disaster assistance denial lettersand must start the appeal process.
•Winter is coming, thousands left homeless from the Almeda fire are running low on money and resources.
•They need help rebuilding their lives.
Quotes from Carefree residents:
“I got a denial letter from FEMA and $1500 from my insurance. How am I suppose find housing, let alone restart our lives on $1500”.
“ My momma lived here. She lost everything” .
“ We were able to go in and get our travel trailer...we had a 4 1/2 -5 hour wait, but we will not complain...We should be able to live in it soon...”
Help the Survivors through this joint campaign launch of the Carefree-Mercy’s Gate Rogue Valley Go Fund Me Campaign:
Mercy’s Gate Rogue Valley (“Mercy’s Gate”) is a local 501(c)(3) charitable organization in the Rogue Valley community working at the heart of the Almeda fire area.
In the immediate days after the fire, Mercy’s Gate quickly mobilized to reach hundreds who lost their homes. Their volunteers went to meet fire victims as they waited for hours in their cars at a ball field for their police escort to give them access to view the debris of their homes. During these days, they handed out thousands of dollars in gift cards so survivors could buy food. Equally important, they provided support and comfort as they listened to the stories of these hurting people.
We, the owners of Carefree, have teamed up with Mercy’s Gate to provide local support to displaced Carefree and other Rogue Valley resident victims of the Almeda fire.
Our goal is to raise $45,000 so that Carefree residents will receive at least $500/each. We are donating $1k and will match up to $10k. All money raised will go directly to victims who lost their homes.
More of the Carefree Mobile Home Park Story:
On the late evening of September 8, 2020, the Almeda Fire incinerated Carefree Mobile Village an 82-space senior mobile home community. The speed of the fire was explosively fast. Just 22 minutes after residents were told to evacuate, their homes were engulfed in flames. Many fled the fire with just the clothing on their backs, leaving behind their homes and life possessions to burn. The fire reduced Carefree to rubble, ash, and scorched metal. The park is now completely uninhabitable.
Losing their homes is a double tragedy for our Carefree residents. They also lost their close-knit community of neighbors and friends. These residents celebrated together and supported one another. They met for coffee and donuts, played bingo and pool together, and held movie nights. They delivered food to those that could not join the Thanksgiving and Christmas potlucks. Even on the night of the fire, this sense of caring prevailed. Our manager was among the last to leave, loading folks into his truck to make sure they escaped the fire’s path.
We are in it now and for the long haul. Help us offer transitional funds to these folks reeling and confused in the midst of their loss. This recovery will take months and, yes, years. Your help now fills gaps where there is a lack of resources.
Please donate to support Carefree residents and the Rouge Valley Almeda Fire survivors in rebuilding their lives and homes.
With much gratitude,
Paula Bond-Shapiro, Jeff Shapiro, Katharyn Bond, Herman Bond and Karen Bond-Scruton