First, let me begin by wishing all the supporters of Heart Rising, our donors, community partners, fire survivors, grantors and especially the Thalden Foundation and our hard-working, selfless, generous, volunteer teams—a safe, fulfilling, Happy New Year. In 2021 we continued to be reminded that we are literally not out of the woods yet, with fires […]
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One of the most positive things that has come out of the last year for me, has been to watch the resilience with which so many families, couples, and individuals have come back from the Almeda fire. Loss is a terrible thing and yet, all the people we have been fortunate enough to assist—are testaments […]
How could a year have gone by so quickly? We are a brave crew, Heart Rising teams and their families. We have faced down the pandemic, rehousing disappointments, endless smoke-filled days, joblessness, food and shelter problems, schooling. and transportation issues, and still, we soldier on. Thank you to every volunteer who spent hours acquiring necessities […]
A year after the Almeda Fire, many families have decided to stay, despite daunting challenges and hardships—because this is where they find support and community. Because this is their home. And this point was never so clearly driven home than in the descriptive, documentary-style article the New York Times published on September 8, 2021. Some […]
September 9, 2021 will be one year since a firestorm ripped through our lovely hamlets of north Ashland, Talent, Phoenix and south Medford, destroying over 3,000 homes, taking three lives and leaving many homeless in the middle of a pandemic. Residents inside and outside the fire zone watched in shock and horror, as firefighters fought […]
Here at Heart Rising we have been thinking a lot about the fire survivors who have been highly triggered with the resurgence of fires in Oregon. One of the main stories we have been hearing over the last year is how much unresolved trauma fire survivors have had to endure, and the fear they are […]
We at Heart Rising want to acknowledge some of the great teams and families that have been working together to restore lives since the Almeda Fire. Diane Schaffer from Team Seven has graciously agreed to share her and her team’s experiences with one of our families: As the smoke cleared from the Almeda fire, many […]
Heart Rising is a miracle. We often think of miracles as unexpected outcomes that bring relief, healing and chances to start over. Our miracle was created as the result of hard work, coordination and commitment by dozens of dedicated volunteers coming together in October 2020 to assist families who lost their homes in last year’s […]
Joy. That is the word we keep hearing over and over again, from our teams and from our families here at Heart Rising. The joy of keeping families together and connecting with them. Spending time with them and joining with them whenever possible to aid in their recovery from the losses they experienced during last […]
Hello Community! We are Heart Rising, and we are going strong! This month we are going to tell you a little bit about our community partnerships and how they are leading to some wonderful outcomes. And of course, you will read all about our organization and its latest accomplishments. But first, just a reminder: Heart […]