About Us

Our mission is to provide free comprehensive information about disaster recovery, including the insurance claim process, to disaster survivors so they may effectively reestablish their homes, lives and communities.
 
CARe was created in response to the 1994 Northridge Earthquake and devoted its first seven years to helping survivors navigate the often difficult road to recovery. Due to the overwhelming number of claims resulting from the earthquake, we honed our knowledge of the insurance claim process. Since that time, CARe has helped tens of thousands of survivors devastated by a range of natural disasters: from hurricanes in the Southeast and tornadoes in the Midwest, to Southwest wildfires and California firestorms. As a result of our work after the 2007 Southern California wildfires, more than 40 million dollars above policy limits has been reclaimed from reluctant insurers into fire-devastated communities.
 
Why we're needed
Navigating the maze of recovery is an overwhelming task to many survivors. We help ease that burden by educating people so they can help themselves through the process.
 
Our Experience
All CARe volunteers and staff have lost their homes and successfully recovered from fire or earthquake disasters. They've been there and understand the needs of disaster survivors. It is the passion for "paying it forward" that draws survivors back to our organization to help survivors of the next disaster.
 
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Inspirational Quotes

If I had a formula for bypassing trouble, I would not pass it round. Trouble creates a capacity to handle it.  I don't embrace trouble; that's as bad as treating it as an enemy. But I do say meet it as a friend, for you'll see a lot of it and had better be on speaking terms with it.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

Testimonials

Many thanks to everything you and the others do at CARe!!!! You've been a great help!

Witch Creek Fire Survivor, 2007