Therapist Reaches Out To Fire Victims

By: Sarah Schwabe Email
By: Sarah Schwabe Email
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It has been a difficult year for families recovering from the Waldo Canyon fire. Many of the victims have relied on friends and family as they slowly piece their lives back together.

One man who lost his home, is now reaching out to the families affected by the Black Forest fire to help them start the healing process.

"It was Tuesday, June 26th that we found out that our home was destroyed by the fire,"said Brian Holcombe.

Twisted metal and debris were all that remained of Holcombe's house after the fire.

"There doesn't feel like there's much hope. It doesn't feel like you're ever going to get through this," said Holcombe.

Holcombe and his family decided not to rebuild. Instead, they sold their lot in Mountain Shadows and bought a new house about three miles away.

"This is our Waldo Canyon wall," describes Holcombe.

Pictures of the rubble and things that survived the fire, like a cross and pages from their family bible, hang on the wall in the family's new home.

"It was so interesting to find a few of these artifacts that were not burned," said Holcombe.

It's a way to honor the past, while his family moves forward. But it isn't always easy. Between the anniversary of losing their home and seeing the destruction from the Black Forest fire, it's been a tough week.

"A lot of memories are coming back, a lot of sad memories. There's been some tears shed," said Holcombe.

Holcombe tells 11 News he could not have made it through the last year without the support of family, friends, and the community. Now, this licensed therapist is even offering free counseling for people who lost their homes in the Black Forest fire.

"They can work through the grief that they are definitely going to have to go through," said Holcombe.

It's a way for Holcombe to pay it forward, while he and his own family continue to heal.

If you are interested in the free counseling, you can get in touch with Holcombe by emailing or calling 719-266-4375.

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