05 Jun Making Houses Into Homes In Port Aransas
LIVES IMPACTED: 6
When Hurricane Harvey hit southeast Texas, one of the hardest hit areas was Port Aransas. This fishing and tourism-based town felt the full force of Harvey’s first landfall, as the category 4 hurricane ripped through the small coastal community. The storm left many families without a home – 80% of school-aged children in the area were classified as homeless for much of the school year. Along with homes, most residents of Port Aransas lost all of their personal belongings. Annie Murrow was one of those survivors. In the aftermath of the storm, Annie’s was one of the first homes that All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response rebuilt. While walls, floors and roofs were replaced with many of the donations that poured into the community following the storm, personal belongings that were lost were gone forever. Good360 can’t replace the cherished memories destroyed in August 2017. But the organization can help survivors fill their homes with new memories. With the help of MN Home Outlet, Good360 was able to supply the All Hands rebuild team with bathroom mirrors and light fixtures that will remind Annie of the volunteers who invested their time in helping Port Aransas rebuild. With donations from partners like MN Home Outlet and volunteer organizations like All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response, Good360 can ensure that Hurricane Harvey survivors find a renewed sense of possibility throughout their ordeal. Disaster recovery is about more than replacing walls and roofs. It’s about putting belongings back into those houses to make them feel like home again.