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Disaster Profile

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane August 25, 2017, bringing unprecedented destruction to Texas. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, superseding Hurricane Sandy. Harvey led to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas, amounting to one-third of Houston being completely flooded. 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 totalling $4.5 billion. Damage in this region was even more varied than in Houston – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters, but the high-speed winds damaged many trees and roofs. This caused top-down water damage, debris and tree hazards and led to long-term struggles to keep homes dry.

Our Work

Our team of hard-working volunteers and staff set to work in September 2017 and have been assisting the community in Texas for more than two years. 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.

In both Houston and 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.

As we approach the holiday season, our Hurricane Harvey relief programs in Houston and Coastal Bend are getting in the spirit, finding new ways to welcome more families into warm homes. This month, we’re excited to highlight our work with Rockport Hands of Hope, Habitat for Humanity and the Navajo Nation, in partnership with whom we are working on 24 homes. By emboldening the skills of each organization, we’re each specializing in a particular phase of work to accelerate the completion of these homes for their families.

In addition to home recovery, we are proud of our staff and volunteers’ community outreach through highway clean-ups in Rockport and weekly participation in Houston’s Food Not Bombs program.

Our Impact

Even this far out from the storm, the scale of damage across these communities is still immense. We’re actively seeking volunteers to keep coming to Texas, reminding these communities they are not forgotten. Our teams continue to work tirelessly to produce fully-finished interior spaces that welcome families home.

All Hands and Hearts arrives early and stays until the job is done. The time to get involved is now.

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Program Work

In both Houston and 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.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Every day, a group of volunteers are asked to remain on base for the day to perform a base clean up to ensure the living space remains a clean, tidy and welcoming environment. Additionally, we often request help for special projects from volunteers who possess unique skills; these may include translating, plumbing, electrical work, architectural expertise and more. By leveraging the skills of our volunteers, outside of the typical volunteer work, we are able to better support communities.

All Hands and Hearts base work

Base Work Base Work

Our bases are communal living spaces we strive to make feel like home for each and every volunteer. Every day, a group of volunteers are asked to remain on base for the day to perform a base clean up to ensure the living space remains a clean, tidy and welcoming environment. Additionally, we often request help for special projects from volunteers who possess unique skills; these may include translating, plumbing, electrical work, architectural expertise and more. By leveraging the skills of our volunteers, outside of the typical volunteer work, we are able to better support communities.

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. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the property being worked on and any remaining undamaged items are salvaged and placed in a safe location. For information on removal of items within the structure, see mucking and gutting.

All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal
All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal

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. This step is considered complete when all items to be discarded have been removed from the property being worked on and any remaining undamaged items are salvaged and placed in a safe location. For information on removal of items within the structure, see mucking and gutting.

All Hands and Hearts Mold Sanitation

Mold SanitationMold Sanitation

Mold sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers and fans to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process dries the structure, controls humidity and reduces the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding. Through the mold sanitation process, volunteers thoroughly scrub the house to remove mold and spray with chemicals that prevent re-growth. This process ensures dangerous, illness-causing mold is irradiated and creates a safe home environment.

All Hands and Hearts Mold Sanitation

Mold SanitationMold Sanitation

Mold sanitation is the process of using chemicals and equipment such as moisture meters, dehumidifiers and fans to eradicate abnormal mold and mildew growth. This process dries the structure, controls humidity and reduces the moisture content of structural components prior to repairing or rebuilding. Through the mold sanitation process, volunteers thoroughly scrub the house to remove mold and spray with chemicals that prevent re-growth. This process ensures dangerous, illness-causing mold is irradiated and creates a safe home environment.

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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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