With nothing but the clothes on his back and five children in his care, Joe Moore still managed to exude positivity in the most dire of circumstances.
The Springwood golf pro's story of loss at the height of the NSW bushfire crisis captured the hearts of many and sparked an outpouring of help locally and from afar.
Neighbours armed with domestic supplies and generosity flocked, the Professional Golf Association offered assistance to the golf devotee and actor Russell Crowe donated $10,000 to Mr Moore after hearing his story on radio.
When Mr Moore first learned he lost his dream home in the Springwood blaze last month, he worked through his grief to help at the evacuation centre at Springwood Golf Club, where he works at the pro shop.
He was on the phone to his volunteer firefighter son Keiren as he admitted defeat against the flames licking at his family home's door on October 17.
He has since found a temporary home at Faulconbridge to accommodate his family, including his three sons.
Mr Moore and his wife are also foster parents to four Aboriginal children, aged 11, 9, 7 and 6, who were originally deemed an emergency case by the Department of Community Services.
Like many Blue Mountains residents left homeless after the bushfires, he felt the anxiety of trying to find a rental home in an already challenging market.
"We were fortunate," he told AAP.
"There were hardly any rentals.
"I was a bit anxious and we almost had to go to Penrith or Katoomba which was an extra half an hour away."
He hopes to rebuild in the same street, where several homes were lost.
Despite the home being insured for $500,000, it could cost $750,000 to rebuild.
Mr Moore has visited the eerie, charred remains of his home several times now, but says it doesn't get any easier.
"I thought once you did it once or twice it would get easier," he said.
"It's devastating ... we are trying to get through it.
"The neighbours are going to organise a street party for Christmas, talking about the good times and sharing memories."
Mr Moore paid tribute to the community spirit and resilience following the fires.
"There has been a hell of a lot of love," he said."There has been a lot of good things that have come out of it."