Healing Our Home


Healing Our home


Healing Our Home

Jan 3, 2018
by Vesta Copestakes


Right now our community is standing on the edge of change. Our fires have provided an opportunity for us took at building codes, land-use policies, transportation corridors, housing, public services, emergency response systems…EVERYTHING that impacts our daily lives into the future that was changed by the touch of these flames.

What an incredible opportunity for improvement!

From where I sit – at my desk with information streaming to me continuously – I see HOPE – CHANGE – an amazing outpouring of love for Sonoma County. Yes, there’s greed and people generating anger and fear – but that’s always been present in our lives. What this fire has brought forth is kindness, generosity, concern, compassion, understanding, and a chance to p a u s e before we move forward.

When the Santa Rosa City Council didn’t jump to re-build Fountaingrove and a new project, but instead said – WAIT, we have to think things through. That was a very good sign.

Yes, people need to go home, but is that the best place to build homes in the path of two of the largest and most destructive fires in Sonoma County history? Maybe Not. Maybe there’s a different – and better – way to think and build.

While we are pondering what changes need to be made to protect us in the future as we re-build what was lost – our land is calling to us for help. And people are hearing the call. It’s a beautiful thing…

Please read how volunteers bi9logists and concerned citizens are healing our home after the fire…http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/sonoma-county-news/healing-the-land-after-the-fire

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Shaping the next generation of financing solutions to unlock private capital for social good.



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