Restoring a historic former Catholic church in the gold rush town of Smartsville, California 

Smartsville Church Restoration

Who is Scruffy

Who is SCRFI

Who is SCRFI

Who is SCRFI

  SCRFI is the acronym, pronounced “Scruffy”, for our non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation entitled Smartsville Church Restoration Fund, Inc.  

Kit Burton, President
Kathy Smith, Vice President
Janet Burton, Secretary
Brian Bisnett, Treasurer
Bo Bevitori, Board Member


Our History

Who is SCRFI

Who is SCRFI

In the 1960's services were discontinued and the building ceased to be maintained.  In 1998, Smartsville residents decided it was time to come to the rescue of the badly deteriorated building.  The Sacramento Diocese  donated the church building and grounds to a new non-profit corporation that would own the building and commence restoration.    This was the beginning of the Smartsville Church Restoration Fund, Inc., lovingly known as SCRFI, or “SCRUFFY.”  


Our Mission

Who is SCRFI

Our Mission

Our mission is to save and restore the former Catholic church for use as a community/visitors’ center and museum. 

 We believe an additional effect of  our restoration efforts at SCRFI is the impact we see on the town of Smartsville.  The united effort to save the historic church and public attention given to Smartsville,  and community events, have given Smartsville renewed dignity.  At SCRFI we do not spend any of our restoration money on events not related to our work, but we give freely of our time and energy to events that are important to the community. 



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Your support and contributions will enable us to purchase materials and services to complete the restoration. Your generous donation is tax deductible and all donations fund our mission.

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Newsletter, The Scruffy Post, 9.2 (1)

Newsletter, The Scruffy Post, 9.2 (1) (pdf)