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Team #2 Returns FromTexas

Team #3 Leaves October 14th

Pearland, Texas photo by Dean Digamon

 

A small team of FFCC contractors and volunteers headed to Alvin Texas on October 3rd to meet with community leaders and assess the damage to homes requested by the Alvin School District.  The destruction was immense and wide spread. The scouting team that went to Texas last week was also a part of the rehab team that traveled back and forth to Biloxi and Gulfport Mississippi when Hurricane Katrina made landfall in 2005.  FFCC made over ten trips and repaired over fifty homes that were damaged by Katrina. 

The widespread damage in Houston is similar to what we have seen in the past but every story is different and heartbreaking.  For example a wife and mom of two young girls, lost her husband to cancer this past summer.   Now, due to the storm, she has lost everything in her home with no funds or help to rebuild. The family is living with her mom not knowing what to do next. The owner of the next home is a mom and a cancer survivor but her health is fragile.   The mold is so bad that no one can stay in the home.   FEMA provided temporary hotel shelter but that has run out.   These are just a couple of the dozens of stories we heard as we went house to house assessing the damage and putting together plans to help these families rebuild.  

FFCC is working with the School District of Alvin, the county Supervisor and Constable, the Alvin Rotary Club and other local leaders to ensure our plans are coordinated.   Our third team of volunteers will be leaving for Alvin this Saturday, Oct 14 through the 21.  FFCC will be working on the homes mentioned above and other homes in this community.  

FFCC has raised over $55,000 dollars to go towards the purchase of building materials. More funds are needed along with gift cards to Home Depot or Walmart.  FFCC is arranging to send another 53’ trailer filled with our packaged Fight Against Hunger meals, water filters and relief supplies.  These meals will be distributed in the Alvin area and transported and distributed in Puerto Rico and Mexico City.  FFCC has three more trips planned this year.

  • October 14 - 21, 2017
  • November 5 - 11, 2017
  • November 17 - 22, 2017

Alvin, Texas August 29th (photo by Rick Wilking, Reuters)

Here is how you can continue to help:

  • Travel with FFCC as part of the rebuilding team. Building experience is appreciated but not required. Contact Phil Harris at philffcc@san.rr.com if you are interested. Necessary travel documents.

 

FFCC Trip Application     Liability Release     Packing List

  • Make financial donations which will be used for building materials and related expenses.

FFCC
12463 Rancho Bernardo Road, PMB #158
San Diego, CA 92128

Note - "Hurricane Harvey Relief" in the memo section of check

Online donations: 
  www.ffccsd.org
  Note - "Hurricane Harvey Relief" in the special instruction box
  with online donations.

Purchase Gift Cards to Home Depot and/or Walmart.  They can be sent to the address above or dropped off at the Dream Dinners in Poway.

Dream Dinners

12218 Poway Road, Suite 100

Poway, CA 92064

For additional information on FFCC's Hurricane Harvey relief contact Phil Harris at philffcc@san.rr.com.  We will continue to keep you updated as FFCC navigates this season of disasters and how we can help.  Thank you for ALL your support!

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