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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You have come into a hard world.  I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.


Thank you for all that you and CARe have done to help so many of us. As you well know from our own experience, the distress of suddenly losing one's home and possessions is overwhelming and truly changes a person's life. The information and resources you have provided has been a godsend. You and your organization help empower people when they need it most. Thank you very much.

2003 Cedar Fire Survivor, San Diego CA