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Disaster Profile

Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on August 25th, 2017, bringing unprecedented destruction to Texas. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the US 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, where we determined that the recovery was going to be long and hard; this is why All Hands and Hearts has committed to being on the ground for at least three years, helping families recover from this disaster. As a result of Hurricane Harvey, we opened two programs in Texas: one in Houston, and one in Coastal Bend. In January 2018, both programs transitioned into the Recovery phase, where we are working with homeowners to make the necessary repairs in their homes and working with community leaders to make critical repairs to schools.

Our Impact

Thanks to the support from our partners at TUMI, we have completed our first ever domestic school rebuild at the Rhodes School for the Performing Arts. Additionally, our teams responded to the cry for help from home owners, helping to Muck and Guttand mold sanitize homes. Between the two programs have completed: 310 muck/gut jobs and 103 sanitation jobs, facilitated 2,074 volunteers and provided assistance to 1,374 people. Teams were also able to remove trees from 77 sites, and debris from 105 sites in the Coastal Bend region.

Please join our team of volunteers to help with the active rebuild of Texas’ future or donate today!

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Ms. Evelyn, a homeowner in Houston, shares her experience with our volunteers.

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Program Work

In both Houston and Coastal Bend, we continue response work (mucking, gutting and sanitizing homes), while carrying out our Recovery phase activities. Volunteers travel to job sites each morning at and return each evening to our base for a nightly meeting recapping the day. With around 50 volunteers on base at one time, over 30 nationalities have been represented since January. Thanks to the support from our partners at TUMI, we recently completed our first ever domestic school rebuild at the Rhodes Performing Arts School. Thanks to critical support from donors, partners, and volunteers from around the world, we have been able to complete impactful 16 and 18-week programs across the Coastal Bend and Harris County regions, respectively. We have made a 3-year commitment to help Texas recover and our work is just beginning

International volunteer sanding the interior walls of a school

Repairing schools

School repairs may include repairing the damaged roof, doors, ceiling, wall, crown-moulding of schools that were affected by the disaster. These schools may be structurally sound, but with may have water, mold, or other damages. In Houston, we are repairing The Rhodes School. Our efforts created a comfortable and safe space for children to learn and engage following Hurricane Harvey.

International volunteer sanding the interior walls of a school

Repairing schools

School repairs may include repairing the damaged roof, doors, ceiling, wall, crown-moulding of schools that were affected by the disaster. These schools may be structurally sound, but with may have water, mold, or other damages. In Houston, we are repairing The Rhodes School. Our efforts created a comfortable and safe space for children to learn and engage following Hurricane Harvey.

Repairing homes

Repairing homes mean repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. Repairs are carried out following resiliency guidelines and may include installing drywall, insulation, painting, flooring, and more. In Houston and Coastal Bend, we are performing non-structural interior finish work - specifically, repairing and replacing damaged building materials.

An international volunteer drawing out measurements with a pencil for circular sawing, in Houston Texas
An international volunteer drawing out measurements with a pencil for circular sawing, in Houston Texas

Repairing homes

Repairing homes mean repairing the interior of the home and to provide the homeowners with a finished place to live. Repairs are carried out following resiliency guidelines and may include installing drywall, insulation, painting, flooring, and more. In Houston and Coastal Bend, we are performing non-structural interior finish work - specifically, repairing and replacing damaged building materials.

Site Supervisors in training

Skills development

We provide hands-on training to volunteers interested in becoming Construction Site Supervisors. Site Supervisors are responsible for leading groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers in construction projects in disaster-impacted communities.

Site Supervisors in training

Skills development

We provide hands-on training to volunteers interested in becoming Construction Site Supervisors. Site Supervisors are responsible for leading groups of skilled and unskilled volunteers in construction projects in disaster-impacted communities.

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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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