Getting a roof over your head is always the first step in recovering from losing your home in a bushfire.
Many people around the Shoalhaven are taking steps towards rebuilding their homes and it's those little but important things, like plants, which are often on the bottom of what would be a big list of things to do and buy.
This is where the non-government organisation Convoy of Hope steps up to the mark.
Convoy of Hope has organised a program called Regrow which will supply people with plants for their rebuilt homes.
It started after program and business manager for Convoy of Hope, Kevin Cassanego, met Frank Condello who lost his home and the popular Yatte Yattah Nursery in the bushfire crisis.
"He was telling his story of how he lost his home and livelihood and nearly lost his life," Kevin said.
"I just thought wow all this at 78 years of age - I think that is his age. It just did not seem right."
Then a thought came that they are going to need plants, trees and everything on people's mind around here in the Conjola area was on housing, infrastructure and utilities.
"We thought the last thing people would be thinking about would be their gardens and it would be the last thing they would have money for as well," Kevin said.
The group started talking to nursery owners who pitched in with donations.
Kevin also contacted a few schools who all wanted to assist in the project by looking after the plants.
They got 5000 tube stock plants and 1500 were delivered last week to Shoalhaven schools.
Students at St Mary's Milton, Ulladulla Public, Milton Public, Ulladulla High and Nowra Anglican College are all looking after the plants.
At St Marys the plants will be looked after by the Year 5 class and the school's environmental group lead by Mr Brent Harding.
St Marys is pleased to be involved in this local initiative to support our community to begin to rebuild.
The plants will be cared for by our Year 5 class who will able to see them through and our school Environmental group lead by Mr Brent Harding. We are so pleased to be involved in this local initiative to support our community to begin to rebuild.
Conjola Park resident Karen Lessa is Kevin's "on the ground" volunteer helper.
Karen, a former Ulladulla High School deputy principal, and strong community advocate used her connections to advance the project.
She feels it's important for young people to feel part of their community and get the opportunity to give something back.
"It [the project] is going to help them in many other aspects of life," she said.
Most importantly Karen said it would help the young person's wellbeing.
"They are giving back to their community and makes them feel like they belong," she said.
"The project is fantastic and it was good to see the smiles on the kids' faces."
More than 3000 plants were also were delivered to schools in Sydney.
"At the moment kids are looking after those and they are growing. They will then re-pot them into pots," Kevin said.
"Sometime in November, they will bring them down here [the Shoalhaven] and give them as a gift to local residents.
"Those who have houses will be able to plant them straight away and those who have not, will be able to continue to look after them and when they are ready the plant them."
Kevin said the kids are really enjoying being part of the project.
"By getting the kids down here involved is helping them with their healing process," he said.
The Convoy of Hope representative said all the staff at all the schools have been helpful and loving the chance to take part in such a great project.
He hopes to do the same initiative early next year and get plants out by April/May and more in October/November next year.
Due to COVID-19 it's a drop and leave operation at the moment.
"We were able to see the smiles on the kid's faces when we dropped off the plants," he said.
"The kids wanted to take the plants home straight away."
However, the plants stay at the school.
Convoy of Hope started its bushfire recovery journey when the bushfire first came through early in the year.
The organisation focuses on disaster relief and recovery.
Initially, they connected with the Conjola Recovery Centre and sought ways to help the local community.
The Conjola recovery team needed shipping containers and Convery of Hope supplied them.
Convoy of Hope also supplied generators and masks.
"We also supplied gardening and cleaning up the house tools - all sorts of things," Kevin said.
"The challenge was getting through the blockades at the time and getting communications with the people who were on the ground because we did not know what we could do or who we could work with.
"We just came down really and said 'we are here we just want to help'."
A chance meeting with Mayor of Shoalhaven City, Amanda Findley, got them into Conjola.
"We have been on the journey with them (the people) ever since," Kevin said.
No doubt Convey of Hope will contain to support the bushfire recovery effort.