BASTROP — In the parking lot at the Home Depot, over coffee and pancakes in the Whataburger, at the Shell convenience store, the recovery of Bastrop County has begun.

In conversations. Between neighbors, friends, even strangers.

"After everything that's happened — we lost everything we had, except ourselves and the clothes on our back — it feels good to talk to someone who's in the same boat," said Dona Suarez, 56, talking with a group of seven neighbors about what to do next outside the home supply retailer on Texas 71.

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Inspirational Quotes

By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.

Christopher Columbus

Testimonials

Without your encouragement, we would have, no doubt, floundered around too discouraged to pursue a better settlement with the insurance company. Certainly , because of CARe, there are many of us who have now received adequate funds for, at least, a reasonably adequate rebuild. It is obvious that your hearts are in relieving our burdens and giving us both hope and help in the long process that no fire victim can avoid.

Harris Fire Survivor, 2007