Rebuild Calvin’s home - Tubbs fire

As a concerned friend/Ciena co-worker of Calvin Park, I ask friends and co-workers to help raise the funds to help the Park family rebuild their Fountaingrove home from the Tubbs fire in Northern California.

Although Calvin has some homeowner’s coverage, his home is underinsured by 1/3 of the current replacement value. His insurance company has been somewhat unresponsive, taking almost a month to respond for an advance.

Here's Calvin's story:

In the early morning hours on Monday, October 9th, Calvin and his wife were roused from sleep by their daughter around 1:30 a.m. She rushed into their room crying. She had received a text message from her best friend that he and his family were leaving their home because it was on fire. They couldn’t believe it. They checked outside and could see the sky was glowing in a distance, but didn’t see any police or fire trucks, and didn’t hear any sirens or bullhorns, so didn’t worry much about it at that time. He and his wife decided to check their neighbor.
 
The entire neighborhood was completely dark due to the black-out. He opened the garage door by hand and they drove down the hill a few blocks and saw the fire in the near distance. They rushed back home around 2:15 a.m. or so. His wife grabbed a few clothes for herself and Calvin (a pair of jeans each, a couple of shirts, and some socks and underwear), and their daughter packed her laptop computer, some clothes, two pairs of shoes and some of her school books. Calvin had to struggle with opening the other garage door, which was partially broken by the strong winds that night.

 Calvin’s wife started panicking. Their neighbors’ houses were already on fire. He had to get his family out of the area as soon as possible, leaving that car and everything else behind. It had been 15 minutes since their return. He felt like they would probably return soon and still hoped his home should be fine.

Some of the treasures lost include their photo albums, family videos, and wedding rings. Calvin has returned home to sift through the debris, but found nothing. It was very difficult because everything is covered by massive amounts of melted glass from the fiber glass insulation in the attic.

His insurance company is covering the cost of their two-bedroom rental apartment. They feel fortunate to have that and hope that when their college-aged daughter returns it will bring them closer.  

Any donations will help Calvin with the homeowner's insurance deductible of $5K and the difference between what his home is insured for and the cost to  rebuild.

Donations

  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 30 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 31 mos
  • Karen Spencer 
    • $50 
    • 31 mos
  • Greg Imboden 
    • $50 
    • 31 mos
  • Jeanne Hollingsworth 
    • $100 
    • 32 mos
See all

Organizer and beneficiary

Desiree Altemus 
Organizer
Petaluma, CA
Calvin Park 
Beneficiary
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