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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/21/2017 05:11 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/21/2017 08:19 PM
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Calaveras Recovers & Mennonites Complete Another Home For Butte Fire Survivors

Mountain Ranch, CA...Another successful home building project -- full of teamwork, sweat and love! After 18 months of living out of her camp trailer since the Butte Fire leveled her home in 2015, Mary Sacks walked 20 feet across a makeshift sidewalk of wooden pallets into her brand new home constructed entirely by volunteers. On Tuesday, Sack's modest home was formally dedicated by members of the Mennonite Disaster Services who had travelled from throughout Canada and the Northwest to help build Sack's home. About 40 people participated in the Bible readings, hymn and presentation of a handmade, heart-shaped quilt, and bible.

"Thank you - not just for the house, but for the opportunity to meet such inspirational people," said Sacks' dabbing tears from her eyes. "I'm really going to miss that."

Some 75 Mennonites rotated weekly in 8-person shifts to the Doster Road construction site for three months. They stayed at Camp Lodestar near Willesyville and made the 30-minute daily trek to the job site. Arrangements for their stay were coordinated by Calaveras Recovers, the official long-term recovery group made up of local non-profit, businesses, government and faith-based groups.

Using donated monies, Calaveras Recovers is also purchasing the building materials at great discount from area stores and suppliers. They are also coordinating the cement foundation pours and other subcontractors needed on each house. Currently, with the help of the Mennonites and World Renew, another regional disaster recovery group of builders, Calaveras Recovers has finished three homes for uninsured Butte Fire families. There are seven more homes under various stages of construction. The homes, around 980-square-feet each, cost less than $70,000 in supplies with nearly all of the labor donated by the faith-based groups. To make a donation to future homes, visit

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Posted on: 2017-03-21 18:05:25   By: Anonymous
That's awesome! Congrats! Hopefully more to come!

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    Posted on: 2017-03-21 18:32:22   By: Anonymous
    I agree! I sure love their work ethic and community pride.

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Posted on: 2017-03-22 06:01:35   By: Anonymous
Notice the article doesn't say "Marijuana Growers Complete Another Home ... " The Mennonites came into our community in a big way a few years ago just like the growers did but the Mennonites have been an asset to us all. Genuinely good people.

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    Re: Mennonites
    Posted on: 2017-03-22 06:36:01   By: Anonymous

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    Re: Mennonites
    Posted on: 2017-03-22 08:52:29   By: Anonymous
    The Mennonites, both the local church in San Andreas, and their national disaster teams have been so important in helping with the recovery process. The lady getting this home paid for all the materials herself using the funds ($32,900) that FEMA provided homeowners after the fire, and the upfront $50,000 PG&E provided. She is a single lady, works locally and is a great person. She has been in that little travel trailer now since September 2015 and I am so pleased to see her being chosen for one of the homes the Mennonite volunteers from around the country are building.

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      Re: Mennonites
      Posted on: 2017-03-22 10:27:06   By: Anonymous
      I agree. Amazing job for a good lady!

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Posted on: 2017-03-22 10:08:37   By: Anonymous
Such a wonderful show of compassion and community support. There are many like this in our county though it seems the negative ones often make the most noise.

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    Posted on: 2017-03-22 11:36:51   By: Anonymous
    Only ten homes out of how many still in Travel Trailers? How much of all of that donation money gets eaten in Admin Fees.

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      Posted on: 2017-03-22 13:35:10   By: Anonymous
      Not as much as the Red Cross I reckon.

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        Re: Fees
        Posted on: 2017-03-22 15:58:37   By: Anonymous
        I doubt the Mennonites are taking any of the money for administrative fees. They aren't in it for the money.

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          Re: Fees
          Posted on: 2017-03-22 16:52:48   By: Anonymous
          Mennonites are the honest ones but never put anything past the locals.

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What A Gift From The Heart
Posted on: 2017-03-23 01:47:56   By: Anonymous
Enough to make me cry. What a talented group of people,merchants and townspeople! Enjoy your new home.

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