2475

Homes Affected

349271

Donations Collected

432

Families Helped

Our Board

Aletheia Gooden

Aletheia Gooden is a mother of three, wife, and has lived on a ranch in Upper Ojai since 2007. She is an attorney at Quirk Law Firm, LLP. She received her B.S. degree from UC Davis and her law degree from UC Davis. She and Trevor Quirk also founded KidAde in 2014, a nonprofit helping kids in need in Ojai public schools.

CFO
Tristan Thames

Tristan Thames grew up in Ojai and is a local small business owner. Tristan saw the amazing things that ware going on with Upper Ojai Relief in the first days after the Thomas Fire and began volunteering his free time to help survivors. He has a good working knowledge of general construction as well as a film editing degree from Brooks Institute.

Trevor Quirk

Trevor Quirk is a father of three, husband, and attorney at Quirk Law Firm. Trevor is a former hotshot and a tenured Upper Ojaian with a decade of residence on Sulphur Mountain. He studied at UC Davis and received his juris doctorate from the McGeorge School of Law.

President
Justin Homze

Justin Homze is an Upper Ojai and Sulphur Mountain native, registered nurse, and citrus farmer. He is an avid outdoorsman and Ojai region backcountry savant. Justin received his associate degree in nursing from Ventura College.

Co-Founder
Jessica Colborn

Jessica Colborn is a mother of 3 and a registered nurse. She was born and raised in Upper Ojai. Her family home was lost in the fire so she is passionate about helping the survivors work through the rebuilding process. She received her associates degree at Ventura College and then received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Our Mission

We are a Non-Profit organization powered by people dedicated to helping people, animals and the environment towards recovery.

We are primarily a volunteer based organization that was created out of need during the Thomas Fire in December 2017. When a two neighbors found themselves battling the fire to save their homes as well as others in their neighborhood led to much more. In the coming days and weeks since the start of that fire, our non-profit was set up to help survivors of such disasters.  We are strong believers in community and the act of people helping others.

Thank you to all who have donated or volunteered for being part of this incredible movement!