CARe News

UPDATED LINKS: Our popular Personal Property Inventory Spreadsheet now has a companion utility that helps fill in the prices using popular online stores! Although you can still download the stand alone spreadsheet, this little tool can save a lot of time when filling in prices and INCLUDES the spreadsheet as a base to start with.
Although we do offer tips that can help find pricing (such as using store registries either online or using a pricing scanner at the store) you still have to enter it all manually into the spreadsheet which can be a real drag. A survivor who lost their home in the 2012 Waldo Canyon Fire was going through this process and as a software developer wrote a COMPLETELY FREE little utility that helps find pricing online.
With a grant from CARe he was able to develop it into a website which you can access for free at:
Our Personal Property Inventory Spreadsheet was originally compiled by Community Assisting Recovery, Inc. in conjunction with disaster survivors from multiple disasters who donated their inventory lists. We would like to thank everyone involved in helping make this tedious process a little easier to manage.

The end of the year is traditionally when people start looking to where they can donate in the spirit of the holidays or to find a tax deduction. Don't forget that CARe, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible up to the extent of the law.

Not only can we take donations via our website or via a check in the mail, but you can now donate your cars, trucks, boats, RVs, motorcycles, running or non-running to benefit CARe. Just contact Cars for Causes on their website or call 800-766-CARE and specify Community Assisting Recovery as the cause of your choice.

You can find more information via our WEBSITE. We thank you in advance for your donation!

Our heartfelt appreciation to the 2007 San Diego fire survivor who recommended CARe services to the Colorado Springs fire survivors who lost their homes June 26, 2012. Due to his recommendation the Colorado Springs community invited CARe to present two fire recovery seminars attended by over 200 homeowners. We also met with over two dozen fire survivors one-on-one to begin their instruction regarding their insurance claims process. We are also scheduling future events to help more of the disaster survivors in the area.

CARe gives instruction to Waldo Canyon Fire survivors

We offer  our gratitude to Colorado Springs HBA-Cares and the two local HOA’s affected by the fire as well as the Garden of the Gods Club and Lodge who are making our instructional program available to the Colorado Springs community.
CARe’s instruction was received with enthusiasm as homeowners remained well beyond the meeting’s time to ask additional questions and to begin the process of developing policy groups.  CARe, as usual, began its instruction with it basic insurance policy, personal property inventory and scope of loss information. CARe heard from fire survivors some good news: Homeowners reported substantial payments approaching policy limits and many reported that their insurer had paid 60 and 75% of personal property coverage. Also, no homeowner reported having hired a Public Adjuster.
However, within hours, insurance problems, identical to the issues experienced in San Diego, Poway, Lake Arrowhead and all the other areas where we have delivered our services, unfortunately emerged. Californians are not alone: unreasonably high depreciation, no ALE funds available, no insurance and underinsurance are issues that will need to be addressed and resolved by and for the Waldo Canyon fire survivors.
If you ‘d like to help with our Colorado Springs program, please consider sending your donation to CARe.

Disaster Recovery: A Survivor's Guide to Insurance is now available in multiple formats. In addition to the free PDF workbook downloadable HERE on our website, it is also available HERE at the lowest possible price on Amazon's Kindle store and on Amazon HERE at the lowest available print price.

Having the book available in the popular Kindle format allows readers to adjust the font size to make it much more readable on a Kindle device as opposed to the PDF format. The print version allows homeowners a tangible version without the high price of ink or toner when printing from home.

We hope having these multiple versions available will give more survivors access to the good information CARe has to offer.

From 7 AM, December 14th to 7 PM, December 15th, the San Diego Foundation is running their Give BIG event where donations to participating charities (like CARe) will recieve matching dollars for all donations going through the San Diego Foundation's website.

On that day we will publish a special link so that your donation will go towards CARe. Make your end of the year tax-deductible donation count for more by planning on donating on that day. Mark your calendars for December 14th!

Give BIG San Diego

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DH Lawrence


I'm in Virginia and was lucky enough to find your website and all the support you provide to fire victims. I am profoundly grateful for the support and solid advice I found here.

Individual Survivor, 2008