It is impossible to change these circumstances, and as you would expect they are doing an amazing job of moving forward.
Most of us have no idea what it would be like to be in this situation, but I'm sure we can imagine how natural it would be to withdraw and try to take care of everything on our own. A lifetime of hard work and taking care of oneself and ones family does not go away, and a personal ethic of accountability and pride does not burn away in a fire.
Fortunately they have been able to find a place to rent and are hopeful to get moved in and set up a semblance of a home for Paul to come home to when he is released from the hospital after surgery. But of course they have not a single belonging. The entire community of Ventura County is stepping up, there are shelters and distribution centers and many many avenues of seeking help, but that is actually never as simple as it sounds, and I think can in itself be an invasive, difficult process. If you have tried to access any of these services I'm sure you understand.
Left to their own devices neither Hedi or Paul would ask for help – I had to twist her are a bit to get her to agree to let me set up this page. I help people move all the time and I know the work and cost involved - and that is with people who haven't lost everything in a fire. To set up a home with a starting point of zero can be overwhelming and with no insurance funds to reimburse can border on impossible.
It would be so great if they could get a start on furnishing their home and make a comfortable place to begin the recovery process - both from the fire and from the surgery. Every penny raised will go directly to Hedi and Paul for the purpose of rebuilding their life.
I have had the pleasure of meeting most of you and I am certain that you would appreciate the opportunity to help if it is possible. If you don't know the circumstance then you don't know the need - now that you know the circumstance you at least have the chance to help if you can. Please feel free to forward this link to people you think would want to know.
Thank you for your consideration, and my very best wishes to you and your families for a safe and happy holiday season.
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