The other families planning to move in are Tripp and Laurel
Meister and their children Hailey and Ty, Steve Howard and his
daughter Breanna, and Lori Herek.
The trailers have been donated by the state and will serve as
They were in need of decks and interior furnishings such as
carpets and bathroom tiles.
As workers cut, measured and painted wood for a new deck, John was
not sure when his trailer would be finished, but he felt he was
receiving all the resources needed.
Since the disaster, which left 16 families homeless, the Steven
family has not gotten used to the idea of storing personal belongings
in plastic containers.
"We're kind of excited to have a place to call home," John said.
"We're looking forward to getting desks and computers set up for
the kids," Diane said.
Luc and Hayley are happy they will be getting their own rooms.
"This has been a learning experience," John Stevens said. "We
don't take things for granted anymore. The kids are appreciative of
the help; they've seen people step up to the plate and deliver, and
not for monetary reasons."
At about 1,400 square feet, the space is considerably smaller than
their home that was destroyed.
"I've met a lot of great people through this experience. People
I've seen in town for years that were once strangers are now friends
of mine," John Stevens said.
The Stevens family would like their destroyed property on Flamingo
"Knowing we have the support that we do is empowering," John
Stevens said. "It's going to be good."
On the other side of the Canyon Acres lot, Tripp and Laurel
Meister and children Hailey, 5, and Ty, 2, have been frustrated as
they wait for their trailer to be renovated.
Tripp sees the donated trailer as "a free place to live until we
get back in our home."
Laguna residents for two years, the couple believes themselves
fortunate to live in a town supportive of their crisis.
"The city couldn't have done better," Tripp said.
Despite the difficulties in moving into temporary housing and
losing access to personal possessions, Laurel felt getting into an
established routine was important.
"Lots of firsts for the year. First year as an artist at the
Sawdust Festival, first year in public school for Hailey, and first
time hit by a landslide," she said. "I think we're official Lagunans
Expecting a stay of four to six months in their trailer, the
Meisters look forward to rebuilding on their Bluebird Canyon
"We don't know what we have to do yet; it's been really hard,"
Tripp said. "I'm scared to death we'll come up short somewhere."
The City's Adopt-a-Landslide-Family campaign, which has
orchestrated efforts in aiding the victims, is hopeful the families
will stay until they can return to their homes, said co-chairwoman
"The committee as a whole is very concerned that the 16 families
have lost everything. We want people to remember they still need
help," Johnson said.