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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 still needing home repairs. 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.

We arrive early and stay until the job is done. The time to get involved is now—please make a donation or register to volunteer today. Thank you for supporting our disaster relief efforts!

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Lives Impacted
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Lives Impacted
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Program Work

In both Houston and Coastal Bend, our teams are still working with communities affected by Hurricane Harvey to reach homeowners still needing home repairs. In the past month, we have welcomed nine families back into their homes, contributing to a total of 100 homes rebuilt in Texas.

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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