After the Fires: Back Home with Wanda Hudspeth

Wanda Husdpeth stands in front of her new gardening shed with her god by her side. Wanda is a white woman with silver hair. She is wearing jeans and a pink polo shirt. Her dog is a medium-sized pup with a black and tan coat. Her garden shed is colorful and happy, with a red barn-look and flowers.

When Wanda Hudspeth lost her Pope Valley home in the 2020 LNU Complex Fire, she didn’t know how she’d be able to recover.

A master gardener living in a small home that had been in her family since the 1950s, Wanda had few financial resources, but endless faith in people.

She turned to UpValley Family Centers, Napa Valley Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD), and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa for help, and was connected to disaster case managers who guided Wanda through the recovery and rebuilding process.

Napa Valley Community Foundation, through our Disaster Relief Fund, was able to provide the financial assistance Wanda needed to cover the gap between her insurance and the enormous costs of cleanup and construction.

This October, Wanda is back home, with a new one-bedroom house, a new canine friend, and a huge amount of gratitude.

“I can’t get over the feeling of just being so fortunate, and grateful for the goodness of people,” shares Wanda. “There’s so many people to thank.”

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