Thousands of Volunteers help Harvey Victims Rebuild
Darlene Faire, Fox26, March 15, 2018
HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Hundreds of families in southern Harris and Galveston County are still not home after Hurricane Harvey.
This week thousands of volunteers with 8 Days of Hope are putting a huge dent in those numbers.
FOX 26 News photojournalist Darlene Janik Faires takes a look at the progress.
Massive volunteer effort helps those hurt by Harvey
John Wayne Ferguson, The Daily News, March 13, 2018
Susan Kinchen’s home on Meadow Lane in Hitchcock was swamped six months ago when Hurricane Harvey’s floods pushed 2 feet of water into it. She had to climb through a window to escape because pressure prevented her from opening the door.
On Tuesday, Kinchen’s house was full again, but with volunteers working diligently to rebuild her home from floor to ceiling.
The plan was to get her back into her home by the end of the month.
This week, during the first spring break since Hurricane Harvey, thousands of volunteers have come to Galveston County and surrounding areas to participate in what one group is calling the largest volunteer effort of its kind in U.S. history.
Volunteers from other states, countries hope to rebuild homes in Dickinson, Friendswood, League City
Alex Stuckey, Houston Chronicle, March 11, 2018
DICKINSON — Fences surrounding the baseball fields are rusty and, in some spots, falling down.
Roofs of the dugouts, just tall enough for excited little kids to scurry through, are showing signs of wind and rain damage.
And sidewalks running between fields are grimy, betraying the dirt and debris that once hitched a ride in the floodwaters that tore through the park during Hurricane Harvey.
Dickinson Little League Baseball Park has certainly seen better days. Volunteers from 48 states and five countries hope to resore the facility — along with 750 home ravished by Harvey — over the next two weeks.
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More than 4,000 volunteers will help rebuild Harvey-damaged homes
Houston Chronicle, Sunday, March 4, 2018
More than 4,000 volunteers will arrive next week ready to hang drywall and install kitchen cabinets, lay down carpet and replace insulation.
Six months after Hurricane Harvey put the Houston area underwater, a Mississippi-based nonprofit will bring in people from 45 states and a handful of other countries. They’ll help repair and rebuild homes in Galveston County and parts of southeast Harris County— and they want local volunteers to join them.
For 15 days — March 10-24 — volunteers will fan out to work on hundreds of houses with flood damage. Out-of-towners will be lodged at local churches and fed three times a day. Locals will agree to show up and pitch in at least three times.
People know the name Eight Days of Hope and have heard stories of its work to help people impacted by natural disasters.
But what they may not realize is how far-reaching the Tupelo-based nonprofit’s impact is or the story behind it.
On this week’s episode, Emma Kent and Chris Kieffer look at how Eight Days of Hope grew from one trip to rebuild homes after Hurricane Katrina into the organization it is today. They also talk about the organization’s work rebuilding homes in Houston, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey, and about its future expansion plans.
Guests include Steve Tybor, co-founder and executive director of Eight Days of Hope, and Daily Journal reporter Cristina Carreon. We also talk with Ben Baldwin, who leads a Houston rebuilding organization that is partnering with Eight Days of Hope.
Galveston Bay Foundation Podcast
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Moody Foundation donates $860,000 for Harvey project
The Moody Foundation granted $860,000 to the United Way of Galveston County for a major rebuilding initiative next month after Hurricane Harvey flooded thousands of properties across the county.
The $860,000 grant will help pay for a two-week rebuilding trip coordinated by Eight Days of Hope in partnership with 4B Disaster Recovery Network from March 10 to March 24, according to the foundation. The groups plan to deploy about 4,000 volunteers from across the country to begin rebuilding homes, according to the foundation.
The groups hope to rebuild about 1,000 flooded homes, according to the foundation. The Rebuild Texas, a disaster recovery fund, had asked organizations to meet a $860,000 challenge to help pay for the $2.1 million project by 4B Disaster Recovery Network, according to the foundation.
Eight Days of Hope plans biggest rebuild effort following Houston hurricane
In September, Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston, Texas, damaging 350,000 homes and costing $125 billion in damages in one of the costliest U.S. natural disasters on record.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it would provide $5 billion for long-term rebuilding efforts in Houston, but while lawmakers continue to assess how much funding can be acquired to rebuild the city, organizations like Eight Days of Hope have taken on the task of rebuilding themselves.
Preparations are underway for the Tupelo-based Eight Days of Hope again to head to Houston for another rebuilding trip. The group will leave March 10 and stay for two weeks. Thousands of volunteers have signed up with the goal of rebuilding approximately 800 homes.
The Christian nonprofit organization started small. According to the organization’s website it “was meant to be a one-time visit to the Gulf Coast with a handful of people after Hurricane Katrina. God has allowed this ministry to blossom into so much more.”
Galveston County Long Term Recovery Group (GCLTRG) video shared on Galveston County Facebook Page.
Thousands of homeowners are still displaced or living in unhealthy conditions. After Hurricane Harvey, one local non-profit formed a network to help families south of the Beltway and in Galveston County.
Assessments have begun in the massive effort to repair damaged homes. 4B Disaster Response Network still has room for at least 400 more homes. They urge you to sign up for assessment if you live in the 4B area. FOX 26 photojournalist Darlene Janik Faires shows us how it's going