In response to the Camp Fire in 2018, our church community has been considering its role on the Ridge. More than just a church for SDA community, we are confirmed in our belief to be Christ’s hands and feet to a community in need. The monumental event has created, or uncovered, material, financial, and spiritual needs for each individual or family. All of the initiatives of LoveParadise come from one question: “What can we do to address the needs of the people on the Ridge?”
It began with the water wall at the church campus, which gave access to clean water in the initial stage of recovery. Where there was no clean water on the Ridge, we were able to provide it to the community at no cost. From there, home kits were developed to help households re-establish their home. These contained basic items, essentials, needed for meal preparation and dining. Towels, plates, pots & pans, cups, and silverware were all included in the kits. Next came the Shed Project, which provided hundreds of sheds for storage, made possible through tens of thousands of volunteer hours from both local Ridge residents and the volunteers of Maranatha International.
The projects of LoveParadise are an outward sign of our interior commitment to loving & serving others. You are invited to take part in the projects, the volunteering, and the changing of lives. Learn more about each project below.
LoveGives is a partnership with Adventist Health & World Vision to provide furniture to families on the Ridge. Aimed at removing the financial hurdles of re-establishing a home, the program gives furniture to those who have recently rebuilt and are returning to the Ridge. So far, over $500,000 of furniture has been distributed to over 240 families.
LoveBuilds is a partnership with Academy Mortgage, where homes are built from the ground up for residents on the Ridge. The homes are assembled with volunteer labor, so far one home has been completed.
LoveDelivers provided groceries to residents of the Ridge during the COVID-19 pandemic. Family food boxes were assembled and distributed to families throughout the shutdown. It started as four pallets and grew to over 1,200 food boxes to be shared with residents, made possible through volunteer efforts. Now LoveDelivers is supporting other food pantries in the community.
Delivering a shed is a way to give people the next step in the rebuilding process. After the Camp Fire, the shed provided through the Camp Fire Shed Project allowed residents of the Ridge to free up and move belongings into a dry and secure place. To date, two rounds of shed building have happened, with the help of local volunteers, Maranatha International, the American Red Cross, and a variety of donors. In November 2019, 200 sheds were built.