Nonprofit Hopes to Raise $300K for New Hope Fire Victims
A house fire in New Hope last month was a devastating blow for three residents living there. The June 12 blaze totaled the home. All the residents were displaced.
But thanks to the nonprofit Opportunity Partners, a fundraiser is underway and people are stepping up and reaching out.
Fire Could Seen for Miles
When fire engulfed the house on Ensign Avenue, the smoke could be seen miles away. The possessions of the three individuals living there went up in smoke too.
Residents Jim Bjorneby, Ken Carlson and Ken Mundale had been living there for 20 years. In just minutes they lost everything.
“We’ve had tremendous support from the community,” said Julie Peters of Opportunity Partners. “From neighborhood groups, from Lions clubs and from families of people we serve. One family has pledged $50,000 in matching gifts. If we can raise that we’ll double that.”
So far Opportunity Partners has raised between $8,000 and $9,000.
The trio of New Hope fire victims are starting over because of significant gaps in insurance coverage. Opportunity Partners wants to get them back on their feet.
“It started in the garage,” Peters said. “We aren’t sure of how it started. It jumped to the house, then jumped to the neighbor’s house. In the process burned one of our mini vans that we use to transport people. as well as the staff person’s car. Very devastating.”
Organizers are hoping to raise $300,000. If you’d like to pitch in go to bit.ly/EnsignHouse or send a check to Opportunity Partners, 5500 Opportunity Court, Minnetonka, MN 55343.