As our friends from World Renew wend their way back to Grand Rapids, old friends and new, arrive to step into their shoes and help one more Harvey victim get back home.
This is the 75th visit St. Philips Disaster Relief Volunteers from Fridley Minnesota have made to Galveston County to lend a hand. Last year they were here and in addition to their usual work, they helped the Galveston County Food Bank expand their work areas to add additional office space.
This year they are helping a family in Dickinson that has been living in a FEMA trailer in their back yard since last January. This family is like so many others; having lived through multiple hurricanes over their 27 years in their home. But the Dickinson Bayou and Harvey waters ravaged the home and even now they continue to fight the humidity and the beginnings of mold growing back.
There are 16 volunteers working on this home. They arrived this last Sunday and will be here through the weekend. Already cabinets are up, doors are being hung and stained and flooring is being installed. It is a bittersweet victory, as this homeowner works alongside the volunteers, seeing his home finally being restored.
His father who was living with them in the FEMA trailer passed away just a few weeks ago. "There has just been so much tragedy alongside all this Harvey stuff. Sometimes it feels kind of overwhelming. But these people here, they are making it happen and I am so grateful, so very grateful."
If you would like to thank these remarkable people who are willing to drive 1300 miles to help our neighbors pull their homes and their lives back together, you can leave them a message right here or visit them online at: http://www.splcmn.org/mission/spdr