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Volunteers Rebuild Homes in Paradise, California for Wildfire Victims

September 9, 2021
Press Release

September 9,2021 – SAN DIEGO – A group of eight skilled construction volunteers from International Relief Teams (IRT) will be deployed to the town of Paradise in Northern California for one week on Sunday, September 12, 2021, to rebuild homes destroyed by the 2018 Camp Fire.

Volunteers depart on Sunday, September 12 on Alaska Airlines Flight 3368 at 10:20 am from the San Diego airport. Volunteers return to San Diego on Sunday, September 19 on Alaska Airlines Flight 3369 at 12:40pm.

 The 2018 wildfires in California were the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. About30,000 families lost their homes, their livelihoods, and their hopes for the future. Paradise was nearly wiped off the map by the fire. Now, many low-income and retired families in Paradise are still struggling to begin rebuilding even three years after the fire.

 International Relief Teams, in partnership with Hope Crisis Response Network, is building homes from the ground up for these families that desperately want to rebuild their homes and their lives in Paradise.  

 “This is our third team to deploy in 2021, with two more teams scheduled for this year. We will continue to help families who cannot recover on their own by sending construction teams for as long as needed,” said Barry La Forgia, IRT Executive Director.

 IRT has 33 years of experience in assisting victims of disasters, both nationally and internationally. IRT also has a long history of providing aid and/or volunteer construction teams following major wildfires in California including the 2018 Camp and Carr fires, the 2015Valley fire, and the 2007 and 2003 San Diego firestorms.

 International Relief Teams alleviates the suffering caused by poverty and disaster around the globe, from the forgotten corners of the world to right here at home, by sending volunteer teams and medical supplies to make immediate change for the world’s most vulnerable people. For more information visit: http://www.irteams.org. Also, see us on Facebook.

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