We had excellent responses to our two work days (8 August and 10 August). We were blessed with ten volunteers who had not volunteered with Hope Restored previously. Both projects were fire mitigation efforts.
We worked for Rachel, a single mom, on Thursday the 8th of August.Work consisted of clearing out the gutters on
her house and garage and raking up and hauling away an estimated 10 cubic yards
of pine needles from around the house. Rachel and her two children joined in the effort.What a wonderful opportunity to remind her
and the children that God loves them. Michael, Rachel’s son, shared his birthday cake with us at lunch break.We were blessed to work with a family from
Kansas on Rachel’s home; the Knight family was in town for a vacation and decided to volunteer with us for an entire day.
We went back to Jane’s home to resume fire mitigation work we had started on May 18th. During our first visit we concentrated on raking pine needles, leaves, and other debris from the property starting at the house and work away. We were able to completely fill a 30 cubic yard bin after thoroughly compressing everything. The initial effort cleared about 50 feet away from the house.
During our second visit on Saturday the 10th of August we
filled another 30 cubic yard bin. We cleared another 50 feet from the home, cleared two six foot fire breaks, and
trimmed up a bunch of scrub oak. We were blessed to be with Jane during the work.
She is such an inspiration especially as she shares her love of the
Many of our new “tech tools” have now been implemented. A huge thank you to Doug of Null Variable for the design and build of our new web site! And to Kaitlyn (our daughter) for all of the work to implement a new email system for the delivery of our newsletters and announcements, and for the updates to our Facebook page. The end result of all of the donated time and effort is not just a fresh look. We now have email that is compliant with federal regulations (offers unsubscribe and provides a uniform enforcement of hiding all of the recipients email addresses). Kaitlyn also implemented a new newsletter format that permits readers to click on embedded links to sign up for activities, see other information, or even donate. Finally Kaitlyn has implemented some new “buttons” on our Facebook page that allow people to subscribe to our email or donate.
We are looking at some more projects before winter and will make announcements as we are able to get them on the calendar. We have looked hard at providing assistance in Manitou Springs for the flooding. At this time we are not responding because we have not been able to identify individual property owners that are uninsured. One of our criteria for helping in disasters
is that the work we do would not be paid for by insurance (like sifting ashes), or that there is no insurance to cover the work that needs to be completed. We also evaluate each potential job to assure that we can complete the task in a quality manner while assuring the safety of our volunteers.
Please continue to pray that God will open the doors for us in the local churches.
As always we are extremely grateful for your prayer support.We look forward to hearing from you in person, on the phone, email, snail mail, or Facebook.Until then; here, there, or in the air!
August 10th 2013 8:00am to 4:30pm
Location: The home is in the Gleneagle area. If you will be attending please let us know
as we will send out the address to those who have sign up.
Project Description: We will be raking leaves, pine needles, and
debris, and picking up small debris. We
will also be removing some brush and scrub oak as well as trimming and cutting
What is Needed: We
will be providing six to eight rakes, a wheelbarrow, and 3 to 6 shovels. If you have a spare rake please bring it so
we will have enough to share. We are
working on getting a large bin for the debris.
Christian Conduct: No drugs, alcohol, smoking, foul
language, off color jokes, or other inappropriate communications.
wear suitable and modest work clothes and sturdy shoes.
Other: Please bring hats, gloves, lunch, and
Please let us know if you are coming so we can properly
plan. You can do this by calling, emailing, or signing up online here.
Need more information?
Have a question? Please call or
write: 719.749.6286 or