Mi Valle Mi Hogar - My Valley My Home (Formerly Rogue Valley Homes and Shelter Relief)
You’re receiving this message because you’ve expressed interest in efforts to rebuild with the Latinx community after the Almeda Fire with a focus on equity, sustainability and healing – or because a member of our leadership team believes you should be kept informed. We’re excited to let you know about the progress we’ve made in the last month. Please share this newsletter with friends and colleagues, and encourage them to join our mailing list. If you’d rather not receive these newsletters, feel free to unsubscribe.
For Our Community,
So many have shown up to help, support, and grieve with those in our valley who have been impacted by the recent fires. Thank you for being a part of these efforts, in all the big and small ways. We are proud of us all.
Mi Valle Mi Hogar, MVMH, wants to share with you this newsletter that includes an overview of our work over the past eight weeks since the Almeda Fire swept through our valley. We are honored to be a part of all the good work being done.
Mi Valle Mi Hogar / My Valley My Home
Table of Contents Who We Are - The vision and mission of MVMH What We Do - Our six primary activities Progress to Date - What we've accomplished this past eight weeks Next Steps - What's next on our agenda Get Involved - Ways you can support
Stay Connected - Ways to get in touch and keep informed!
The mission of MVMH is to support up to 500 Latinx families displaced by the Almeda Fire in securing high quality, sustainable homes they own, in locations conducive to their personal and collective well-being.
Our hope is to radically change the typical path of post-disaster home rebuilding in the valley by rooting it in equity, sustainability, and healing.
What We Do
We intend to oversee six distinct activities in order to create long-term housing solutions and support our valley’s ecosystem of recoveryas a whole.
These six things are:
· Sitting at the Tables · Listening/Healing Circles · Rebuild Resources Database · Mutual Aid Coordination · Collaboration Calls · Community Communications
To learn more about what each of these six things are, please visit the activities tab on our website.
Please note: a great deal of progress has been made toward this new charitable venture in a very short time, but disaster recovery and community rebuilding takes time. We are in this for the long haul, and intend to approach our role of convener, collaborator, and representative thoughtfully and deliberately to ensure long-term impact.
Progress to Date
Here is a list of what we’ve accomplished in this past eight weeks:
• Defined our mission, vision and primary activities. • Formalized our organizational structure, and filled key leadership positions with dedicated volunteers and staff. See more about who we are on our website.
• Invited community members to join an advisory board that includes subject matter experts and representatives of the community we aim to serve. This advisory board will provide oversight and strategic guidance for the leadership team.
• Secured a fiscal sponsor (MRG Foundation) and fiscal agent (Post Growth Institute) so we can operate immediately, until we eventually register as a separate legal entity. • Strengthened collaborative relationships with key organizations meeting community needs.
• Hosted collaboration calls focused on addressing the immediate and long-term needs of the community. • Partnered with Rogue Volunteer Initiative - a community hub for volunteer and mutual aid efforts in response to the Almeda Fires. Visit www.roguerelief.com to get in touch or offer volunteer support. The RVI facebook group, where countless offers and needs have already been matched, can be found here.
• Secured initial funding and began to pursue additional grants and other resources to support the mission.
• In partnership with Local Innovation Works & Southern Oregon University’s Local Innovation Lab, provided experiential learning opportunities for interns, including community asset mapping, communications, fundraising, translation services, and other leadership skills.
Moving forward, we are exploring a variety of exciting collaboration opportunities, and continuing to act as a key convener. We have collaboration meetings scheduled around a variety of timely topics, including land acquisition options, funding, housing models, and community asset integration.
We are planning an ongoing series of listening sessions to ensure the voices of those we aim to serve continue to be centered within our efforts.
We will be working to keep you and the broader community informed about our progress, via newsletters like this one, as well as our website and social media.
We will be supporting our newly formed advisory board as it meets to provide oversight and strategic guidance.
If you’d like to support our efforts or get involved in some way, you can:
•Donate to support our mission. Donations will be directly deployed to the activities described on our website.
•Contact us to discuss opportunities to volunteer in support of the activities described above.
•If your organization is interested in exploring opportunities to collaborate, please contact us directly via our email.