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Raised by 97 people in 9 months
Created November 9, 2018
Tom and Patty Nonneman , their son Chris and his daughters Brooke 17 and Lily 11,  and daughter Nicole & husband Ben  and their kids Natalie 10 and Andy 7  all tragically lost their 3 homes in the Paradise Fire on November 8th.   They left with the clothes on their back. 

They have nothing left.   

Tom and Patty  grew up in San Benancio  and went to school together from 1st grade.   Their parents and grandparents also lived in San Benancio.    

Patty and Tom have been married since 1972 and moved to Paradise in 1975.   They both have been active in their churches and their community.  Both being involved in the local Food pantry feeding 85 families a month. 

They raised Chris and Nicole in Paradise and all continue to live there which allowed them the opportunity to see each other every day and attend all of the grandchildren's school activities.   

Patty and Tom graduated in 1968 from Salinas High School and a couple of months ago joined in the celebration of their 50th High School Reunion with all their old classmates!!   

More will be posted to keep everyone updated.

Janice Baker and Pam Paulson
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Two extra thoughts about the Paradise Camp Fires long range affects.
First: This disaster sent almost 50,000 people running for their lives and immediately looking for shelter. The town of Chico and surrounding towns were immediately impacted. There wasn’t the capacity of these towns to handle that kind of influx - and they still are dealing with the influx which causes traffic jams, store shelves being constantly emptied, housing prices sky rocketing. Chico and surrounding towns will also be forever changed by this disaster.
Second: the impact on our school system and children - one school totally burned and 5 others damaged and not usable. Our elementary children are bussed to Oroville and Durham and Chico. Our Junior and Senior high students were getting assignments in an empty store in Chico Mall before winter break. After winter break the Junior high is in an empty building in Chico and the Senior high are housed in an empty building by Chico Airport. A difficult task for children and teachers. It will also be an ongoing long term problem. Prayers for the teachers and children.
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Hi to all of you generous people who have donated to our 3 families. Without your financial help our families would have been floundering.
An update on our families:
•Tom and I are in a rental in Oroville that we can lease for up to two years and State Farm is paying our rent. Thank God! We are still waiting for our settlement on our household property. We have signed up for a private contractor to clear our property of all debris, remove contaminated soil and replace clean soil. Tom lost his business as well. He is having to really limit his jobs because he lost his parts inventory and schematics, which are irreplaceable.
•our son and his daughters are still staying with us. Our son secured a rental in Oroville, and he is working with the rental owner on repairing it. It started out to be removing all trash and painting inside - but it has turned into a full time job. They’ve reroofed it, new leach lines, bleached from top to bottom, new sheet rock, new toilets and appliances, fumigated, new paint inside and out - they should be able to move in next week to a clean “new” house. It’s been a full time job - then Chris will be finding a permanent job - he has several offers.
Chris received his settlement, paid off his mortgage and plans to rebuild his home in Paradise.
• Our daughters family is still in their trailer in Durham. There insurance company has finally accepted their contractors bid and work began on cleaning their smoke damaged house this week. They are hoping to have it finished in two months. All Ben’s work jobs of putting up temporary poles and electrical lines to Paradise properties had to stop because of the FEMA descision.
•So that brings me to the state of our town of Paradise’s recovery.
It is going to be a long tedious heart wrenching process. Here are a few things we’re currently dealing with:
•there are still 600 people in trailers or cars at the fair grounds who need housing. These people were renters with no insurance and on very low fixed incomes. Where are the donations meant to help them?!
•the trauma close to 50,000 people have faced from this disaster is heartbreaking - the disaster has instantly taken away from them their towns, homes, jobs, schools, Doctors & Hospital, Family, and friends, their lives - such a sudden disconnect. Our lives and towns will never be the same. We are forced to rebuild our lives from scratch. It’s overwhemling! Prayer and faith are our constant friend in this chaos.
•Our town of Paradise and our county passed an ordinance to allow people to live on their property in trailers while Phase 2 of the debris clean up happens. The few people who’s houses didn’t burn were allowed to move home. This decision was made because of the shortage of available housing in the surrounding towns. FEMA was at first on board with this plan. FEMA changed its mind and said no trailers allowed on properties until after the debris clean up because of the toxic waste on the properties. FEMA held the money gun to our head saying we wouldn’t get the 1.7 billion for clean up if we didn’t comply. So, the people in houses have toxic waste surrounding them but FEMA is ok with that?! Who are these people at FEMA?!? Don’t they have access to the Best our country has in the way of scientific means to test toxisities, to have the most up to date emergency disaster plans to easily put into effect. I realize 3 whole towns burned, which has never happened before, but there should be a system to mobilize relief help immediately and to stay til the job is done properly?! Right?! Wrong!
•FEMA should have been on the ground running with us through this whole disaster. Nope! Weren’t at the meeting Mon 2/4
Telling people to get off their properties or we’d lose our funding! Amazing!
•about the debris removal - no area in or out of CA wants our towns toxic waste (Paradise, Polga, Concow), so CA has decided to dump our toxic debris at our two dump sites in our county - which are not legally set up for that!
•a contractor has cleared acres of land in Paradise Town limits below Tom’s and my property to dump and sort this toxic debris - these acres are surrounded on three sides by subdivisions. Where is the toxic concern for us?!
•where are the funds for forest management being spent - certainly not on our forests - having lived in the beautiful forests for 43 years and CA all my life I don’t see proper management of forests happening.
•I do see environmental groups stopping forest management plans, stopping PG&E from clear cutting under and around their poles and lines so sparks can’t start fires. There weren’t this number of devasitating fires when PG&E was allowed to do this.
•please contact our state legislators to make real forest management happen and disaster prevention and disaster preparedness a top priority. Our state has the money - we just need the intelligent effort and follow through to handle this properly.
I hope this gives you some idea of what the Camp Fire disaster and it’s aftermath has left for us to deal with. Like I said before - it is going to be a long, tedious, heart wrenching and difficult, and in some cases impossible, recovery. I know the news media won’t be covering us anymore so I wanted you all to know this problem will be here for years.
Thank you, again, for your support and loving concern. Couldn’t have done it without you, and we will pay it forward when the opportunity arises.
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The Nonneman Family would like to thank all of you who donated to our GFM. Your concern and donations have enabled us to get through these past two months. The devastation is just so incomprehensible - we have gone to our properties several times to find anything that wasn’t burned. All we found was ash and bits and pieces of a few items. But....we realized how thankful we are that God blessed us with our beautiful little home and town to raise our kids and grandkids. And he will help our family to move forward to a whole new life that will be good and fruitful.
Tom and I have just rented a little house in Oroville for a year. We are hoping to settle with our insurance soon. We want to rebuild or buy near our children and grandchildren.
Our son just settled with his insurance and he hopes to rebuild his home in Paradise. He just rented a house in Oroville while he finds a job and builds his home.
Our daughter and her family are staying in their trailer in Durham while their house is redone inside because of extensive smoke damage.
The disastrous fire is still so incomprehensible. It will take a lot of time, Years, for Paradise to recover and rebuild. The water is totally unusable for drinking or bathing in. Hopefully that can be figured out soon.
The fire has brought out some bad seeds - our daughters home was looted a few days after the fire and her husbands work tools were stolen out of his work truck.
BUT.....there are so, so very many more people, like you, who have shown compassion, concern, love and help. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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One of our SHS '68 classmates took this video today of the Nonneman property. Sorry I couldn't get it to unload to GoFundMe page.
It's a humbling site.
Merry Christmas and give thanks for your family and homes.

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