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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Testimonials

Last Thursday morning I woke with the feeling that 'I just want someone's hand to hold who knows about all this.' 2 hours later I bumped into another fire victim at the post office and he told me about the CARe meeting that night. How cool is that? Thanks so much for being "the hand". What an amazing gift you have created with your resource guide. I am still trying to absorb all you have included and what it must have taken to create it.

Tea Fire Survivor, 2008