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Temporary Program Suspension

HEALTH AND SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENT – COVID 19

We have suspended operations for at least two months at locations around the world in response to the global threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19). This proactive measure is intended to minimize the risk COVID-19 poses to the communities we serve, our volunteers and staff; the health and safety of our All Hands and Hearts’ community is our foremost priority. We remain committed to finishing the work we began, once the global situation stabilizes.

TEXAS HURRICANE RELIEF

Disaster Profile: Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, leading to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas; an estimated 136,000 homes were damaged in Harris County (Houston) alone. Additionally, the Coastal Bend region was hit especially hard, with an estimated 39,927 damaged structures totaling $4.5 billion. Damage caused by Harvey was vast – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters, but high-speed winds downed trees and damaged roofs. 

Program Work: Temporary Suspension 

Our Texas Hurricane Relief program is currently on hold. We have suspended all operations, in response to the global COVID-19 situation, to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. 

Our team in Coastal Bend have been working to reach homeowners needing home repairs, with our site supervisors and volunteers focused on constructing high-quality interior repairs. In addition to our traditional recovery work, we have continued to partner with other local organizations in an effort to expand our impact on affected communities. We have worked on community beautification projects with Keep Aransas County Beautiful and have been collaborating with Hands of Hope who have repaired roofs of homes that will end up in our work queue. 

We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back. We will return to Texas to continue operations as soon as it is safe to do so. 

PROGRAM HISTORY

Phase One: Houston and Coastal Bend – August 2017 to January 2018

During the response phase, our teams were able to complete an impactful 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week program in Houston. In January, 2018 both programs transitioned into the recovery phase.

Phase Two: Houston – January 2018 to March 2020

After more than two and half years on the ground, our team has officially wrapped up efforts in Houston, helping support homeowners on their road to recovery after Hurricane Harvey.  In addition to the construction work performed in Houston, we actively supported Food Not Bombs, distributing food to communities in need. Our Texas team will be continuing work in the Coastal Bend area.

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Program Work

In Coastal Bend, our teams are still working to reach homeowners needing home repairs, with our site supervisors and volunteers focused on constructing high-quality interior repairs. We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

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All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

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Her world is back

All Hands and Hearts volunteers help homeowner Linda O’Neal find normalcy in Aransas Pass, Texas after Hurricane Harvey destroyed her home.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Stella

Stella Chalila from Zimbabwe spent her first time in the US volunteering in Aransas Pass before starting her master’s degree in disaster management.

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