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Convoy of Hope continues to serve Puerto Rico one year after Hurricane Maria

Last year Hurricane Maria slammed into the island of Puerto Rico, devastating the island. With 150 mph winds and up to 20-30 inches of rain, the entire island lost power and many homes were destroyed, affecting more than 3 million people.

Convoy of Hope’s team arrived in Puerto Rico just days after Maria struck and has been continually serving those in need since. The response began with meeting the immediate needs of food, water, solar lights and hygiene items. In the last year, Convoy of Hope has served more than 7 million meals and distributed thousands of water filters across the island.

As the response evolved from meeting short-term needs to proving long-term relief, Convoy of Hope field teams began traveling to Puerto Rico to repair and rebuild homes. From preparing the foundation to the final coat of paint, several teams have rebuilt homes in Villa Esperanza, an area of Puerto Rico which translates to Village of Hope.

Convoy of Hope continues to serve those affected by storms all over the world — from Hurricane Florence in the eastern U.S. coast, to Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines. As Convoy responds to these recent storms, teams will remain in Puerto Rico through 2019. There is still needs to be met and work to be done, but there is a rising hope in Puerto Rico.

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Disaster Services

Thousands attend a day of hope and peace in Chicago

More than 9,000 people came together Saturday, August 25 in south Chicago for a day of hope and peace. With the help of 104 local organizations, 60 churches and 1,400 volunteers, more that 7,700 Guests of Honor were served at Convoy of Hope’s Chicago Community Event.

The first family arrived outside the event that morning at 6 a.m. By the time the event started at 9 a.m., more than 1,250 people were lined up for the event.

Thousands of goods and services were distributed including 6,000 back-to-school backpacks, nearly 10,000 bags of groceries and more than 3,108 pairs of new children’s shoes. More than 4,800 people also received health services — including 217 flu vaccinations from Walgreens.

Guests of Honor also had the opportunity to meet with local organizations and career services groups, to make connections that would last long after the event ended. Chicago City Alderman David Moore thanked Convoy of Hope for “not just handing out fish, but teaching people to fish”.

Stats of the event:

  • 9,128 Total people on site
  • 7,728 Guests of Honor
  • 1,400 Volunteers
  • 60 Participating Churches
  • 104 Participating Organizations
  • 6,000 back-to-school backpacks distributed
  • 168 Haircuts by 16 stylists
  • 850 Family Portraits
  • 9,947 Grocery bags distributed
  • 12,000 meals prepared
  • 3,108 Children’s shoes distributed
  • 5,000 Bombas socks
  • 1,526 served by National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • 4,800 served in Health Services by 23 organizations
  • 217 Flu vaccinations by Walgreens
  • 276 served in Job and Career Services by 11 organizations plus 217 job applications plus 5 resumes
  • 547 served in Community Services by 28 organizations
  • 62 Veterans served by 17 organizations
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Community Outreach

Hope after Harvey: One year later

When reports began coming in, late August 2017, that tropical storm Harvey was headed for the coast of Texas and had the power to become a hurricane, Convoy of Hope began preparing. A large convoy of tracter-trailers and specialty disaster response vehicles headed for the Texas coast. Within hours of the hurricane making landfall Convoy of Hope was there — distributing relief supplies such as food, water and hygiene items.

 

A Post-Harvey Year

This week marks one year since Hurricane Harvey struck Texas causing massive flooding that resulted in an estimated $125 billion in damage. Come heat, rain and even snow, Convoy has remained in Texas in a longterm response effort.

In the last year since Harvey hit, Convoy of Hope has sent more than 10 million pounds of relief and rebuilding supplies to Texas. A warehouse was acquired in Baytown, where rebuilding materials such as sheetrock, dry wall and insulation were stored until they could be delivered to those trying to rebuild their homes.

The Mouton’s, one family affected, experienced more than 12 inches of water flooding their home, forcing them to remove all of the house’s drywall. They estimate they lost about 75% of their belongings —including furniture, appliances and pictures. That is where Convoy, with the help of our great supporters, was able to step in and bring hope.

Neighborhood Events

Convoy is also holding Neighborhood Events in Harvey-affected areas of southeastern Texas. At these events families can receive a warm meal, groceries, children’s shoes and more. The first Texas Neighborhood Event took place in Houston in early August 2018, where more than a thousand people attended.

“The goal of these events is to help these communities flip the switch from disaster to hope,” Disaster Community Care Outreach Director Mark Cox says.

You can continue to follow our work in Texas at convoyofhope.org.

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