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Surviving Hurricane Michael

Glenn and Elnora were huddled in small closet of their home as Hurricane Michael ripped off part of their roof and left their bedroom completely exposed. Trees fell everywhere and rain poured into their home as the storm drew on.

As the eye passed over their area, things calmed down. Glenn and Elnora ran to their car, hoping to make it to their church down the road before the second half of the storm struck. As they got in their car, a huge gust of wind blew them into a ditch in front of their house. Rain began pouring into the vehicle, but they were scared to get out of the car as power lines came down and the storm resurged.

The couple rode out the second half of the storm from their car, but remained safe. However, the church they had planned to go to was completely destroyed.

“I’ve been here all my life and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Glenn says. “Not this strong of a hurricane. We went through Opal, we went through the rest of them — they’re not like this. Would I stay again? No.”

We Won’t Give Up

The couple is taking recovery one day at a time. They remain without power, water or cell service — unable to get ahold of their kids to make sure they’re okay. However, they remain hopeful, with some supplies from Convoy of Hope and their community coming together to lift each other up.

“We’ll start afresh,” says Glenn. “We never have given up, so we won’t give up now.”

Find out how you can support Hurricane Michael survivors through Convoy of Hope at convoy.org/michael.

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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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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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