A Bus Homes for James & his dogs / Gallery


Meet James! one of the nicest guys with some of the happiest dogs you can hope to know. He just received a Bus Home, donated to him courtesy of BR’s Keep’em Home work with displaced Camp Fire survivors.

A garage became his home for several months after the fire. He told us, “We lost our home and everything we own in the Camp Fire the morning of Nov 8th just barely escaping with our dogs and our lives in our old SUV, and while we had no insurance and suffered complete loss, FEMA has helped us and we have a travel trailer to live in but it’s too small for my father and dogs and me. Our dogs mean everything to us.”

We met them in March ’19 to help decide if this program was a good match for his needs, then returned in July with a converted bus that will serve as his home while he and his dad begin the rebuilding process. This particular connection has been a highlight of our year. Photos of our time together, captured by Kathy Kinnear, are too good not to share. Enjoy.

Above. This particular conversion was much simpler than the other buses we’ve completed. Per his request, James only wanted a queen sized bed and some storage – his dad is staying in a nearby RV with a kitchen and bath that James can use. We added 650 watts of solar power so he can run lights, a small fridge, fans, etc. He expressed surprise at how much room he has and hopes to customize it a bit more with a few comforts to last until their new house is built. Sending the best vibes to James, his dad Cecil and their dog pack for a smooth recovery and successful home build.
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