September 7th Update
Hurricane Harvey has devastated the Houston area. Thousands of families have lost their homes and businesses. The areas of Alvin, Friendswood, and Pearland received over 50 inches of rain in the few days that the storm dumped its massive rainfall.
What have we been doing?
Harvey Relief Center
BWBT's resale store, Blue Monkey located in Friendswood, was flooded with at least four feet of water. Due to a local volunteer effort, the store was cleaned and dried out within three days of the flood waters receding. Since that time, the store space has served as a Harvey Relief Center, providing emergency relief items to flood victims. As of today (9/7), it is apparent that the need for this type of emergency relief is coming to an end. We will keep the center open thru this Saturday, September 9th. After that, remaining items will be given to local food pantries who provide this type of service throughout the year. We are deeply thankful for everyone who donated through items, time and money to the relief center.
We have been leading teams daily in our communities helping families clean out their flooded homes: removing debris, flooring, cutting out sheetrock, etc.
Work will begin to rebuild the Blue Monkey and re-open for business as quickly as possible. Even if the inside of the store is not complete yet, we will still have the Pumpkin Patch outside! Pumpkin delivery is scheduled for September 23rd at 1:00 p.m.
Long-term Recovery and Rebuild
40,000 homes were destroyed due to the flood waters of Hurricane Harvey. It is estimated that less than 20% of these homes were insured. That means there are a lot of families who will not be able to afford to repair and rebuild. That's where organization's like Builders Without Borders of Texas come in. We have been here in the middle of it all, walking beside families as we helped them clean out their homes. And we will be here during the next phase of recovery and rebuild. Builders Without Borders of Texas has experience and a successful track record of rebuilding homes after major disasters like Harvey. We have built homes for families in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, in Louisiana after Hurricane Rita, in Texas after Hurricane Ike, and in Greensburg, Kansas after deadly tornadoes. We were a major partner in building 500 Homes for Haiti after the devastating earthquake that destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes in January of 2010.
Volunteer Base Camp
We are prepared at our Alvin facility to host volunteer teams from around the country. We have been in communication with groups from several different states who are preparing to send volunteer teams to assist with rebuild. If you are planning to bring a group to volunteer and are looking for a place to stay, please contact Lori@bwbtexas.org
Our facilities include 10 twin over twin bunk beds, 16 twin over full bunk beds. a full kitchen, bathrooms, showers, and a fire pit for outdoor cooking. We are centrally located to areas in need of lots of help: Alvin, Friendswood, Pearland, Dickinson, and South Houston.
How can you help?
1. Donate. Since our resale store previously gave 100% of its profits to our projects, your donations will help us keep things running while the store is recovering from the flood and help us help others in the community as they begin to rebuild. Your donations are needed and appreciated!
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