CARe News

We'd like to thank everyone who has supported us over the years through volunteering and donations to our organization. Our focus is to help survivors help themselves through educating them about the insurance claim process. Our family went through the process following the 2003 Southern California Wildfires and we know how confusing it can be, luckily CARe came to our community and held classes that directly helped us recover much more than we would've known to ask for.

During this season of giving, please consider donating to CARe. Monetary donations can be given or you can donate your car or truck

This year we've added a new way to donate via the PayPal giving fund when selling items on eBay. Just designate our organization to receive 10-100% of your final sale price the next time you list something great on eBay. 

Just visit our website for more information:

Another way you can help is to volunteer to write a blog post with a tip you learned or a topic you'd like to share. Please email me so we can discuss the topic you'd like to choose. 

Thank you to our donors during the #giveBIG event sponsored by The San Diego Foundation, we were able to raise $1800 which we will use to help disaster survivors better understand their insurance claim. After our family's loss we were able to almost double our insurance payout because of the information provided by CARe which allowed my mother to continue with her life and retire on schedule. (You can read more about our story in the introduction of CARe's ebook A Survivor's Guide to Insurance available for free download HERE.) 

There is not enough thanks in the world I can personally give to CARe for the simple act of teaching. Dollar for dollar it's the best money spent after a disaster. I thank you for helping to support that vision.

Going forward, donations can still be given at:

I want to extend a big thank you to everyone who responded to our end-of-the-year donation request! Because of these donations we were able to complete the upgrade to our website which not only make it look more modern, but should make it even more secure than before!

If you would like to extend your support to us please visit:

Thank you!


On May 6, 2014 the San Diego Foundation is hosting a "Give Big" event where money donated to CARe via their website will be matched! Save the date to multiply your donation! Visit here for details:

Click HERE to donate:

We are excited to announce another partnership between Community Assisting Recovery, Inc and HBA Cares in providing a series of workshops in the Colorado Springs area for survivors of the most recent Black Forest Fire incident. HBA Cares is providing a grant to cover expenses for these meetings and we hope survivors in Colorado Springs can once again benefit from the information we have to offer.

The free seminars will take place starting, Friday July 26 at 6:00 PM with an introductory meeting that will provide general but practical advice for dealing with your insurance company in the early stages of a large claim.

On Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28 we will be having a series of break out sessions that will be organized by insurance company and one for homeowners with partial losses. The location will be at La Foret, 6145 Shoup Rd., Colorado Springs CO 80908

You can see the Meeting section of our website or download detailed scheduling information HERE.

We recognize that Waldo Canyon Fire Survivors are only one year in to their recovery period and many might still have questions about issues surrounding their loss. They might also want to lend moral support to the newest survivors in their community. Waldo Canyon Survivors are welcome to come to any and all meetings, but please be aware that the issues we'll be mainly dealing with are for Black Fire survivors who are early in their claim.

I would like to extend a special invitation to partial loss survivors of the Waldo Canyon Fire to our Partial Loss meeting on July 28 at 3pm. The practical insight you have gained will be of particular interest to Black Fire Survivors with partial losses.

For Waldo Canyon Fire survivors who have made it through the claims process (partial or total losses) I'd especially like information on how you made it through building your "paper house". Please reply to this email to provide feedback.

I look forward to being back in Colorado Springs and introducing another board member, Teri Mitze to everyone. She lost her home in the same fire in 2003 that effected my family (Old Waterman Canyon Fire aka the Old Fire). Then in 2007 she represented CARe in Lake Arrowhead following the Slide and Grass fires that took almost 400 homes, while I was working in the San Diego area on the ~5 fires that took out close to 1,700 homes. She has great insight that we're sure can help many Black Forest Fire Survivors.

Inspirational Quotes

It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness.



How you give so freely of your time and energy simply amazes me. We feel blessed to have known you.

Grass Fire Survivor, 2007