It’s been one year since we were all devastated by the Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise, California and surrounding areas. I am so proud that we were able to raise over $100,000 to help women and girls in the area recover. We know that the dollars were well spent since they went through our two clubs in the community: SI Chico and SI Bidwell Rancho. You were all so generous, as were family and friends and Soroptimist all around the world.
I think we all learned so much about recovering from a disaster like this: how toxic debri had to be hauled away and how it took months to have clean drinking water back. To this day only a few homes have been rebuilt. But they are recovering, as the human spirit always does! And we made a little bit of a difference.
Here are a few pictures of the last year in Paradise and a link to an update of where the recovery stands. Check out the last picture: “Crafted from the keys of churches, firefighters, and even the 85 victims of the Camp Fire, Jessie Mercer’s Key Phoenix – a rendition of the mythical fire bird that rises from the ashes – is an image of moving forward from tragedy and loss.”
Thank you all!