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Left: photo by Herman Schultheis/Los Angeles photographers Collection/
Los Angeles Public Library; Right: photo courtesy of Nancy Pedersen

INSPIRATION GUIDE

RALLYING TOGETHER

Above: Chefs and volunteers celebrate packing 36,000 home-cooked
meals for evacuees after the Thomas Fire in December of 2017;
Pictured, left to right: Matt Lavere, Susanne Lammot, Tim Kilcoyne,
Chef Jose Andrés, Nate Mook, Jason Collis

S

oul is a word that's not easy to define - it's an intangible,
abstract idea. Sometimes soul is a thing of action -
how people carry themselves in bright times and dark.
But if Ventura's soul could be given adobe structure, it would
take the form of the San Buenaventura Mission. Founded in
1782 - the ninth Spanish mission established in California and
the last to be established by Father Junipero Serra - the San
Buenaventura Mission began as the literal and figurative center of
the community; at its peak, in 1816, over 1300 people lived within
its walls. The city grew around it. But the mission remained, like a
quiet heartbeat. It was, and is, known as the Mission by the Sea, a
lovely name both simple and apt.

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But the world is not always lovely. Over the years, the mission was
tested by floods, earthquakes, and even a threatened pirate attack.
Then, on December 4, 2017, the Thomas Fire arrived in Ventura. And
both the town and the mission rose to the task. Even as the fires
burned, the community rolled up its sleeves and got to work.
There are too many stories to tell. The Thomas Fire was a thing
almost beyond scope; you could see it from space. But it was
outdone by the smallest actions. A man giving away food and
clothes in front of his house. An anonymous envelope left on the
counter at Pete's Breakfast House - $300 to buy breakfast for
anyone who lost a home. A woman with a small house and one
cat, taking in more than a house full of people and six dogs.

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