Hurricane Harvey recovery continues in Refugio, Texas, with the Red Cross funding the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity (GCHFH) to rebuild destroyed homes through the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Grants Program. In September 2018, GCHFH was awarded a grant for logistical expenses and construction supplies to rebuild 18 homes and provide roof repair to 108 low income households in Refugio County.

As part of this exciting project, the community gathered on March 1st to celebrate the re-construction of a new home.  “This is our third home in Refugio County. If it wasn’t for the Red Cross we wouldn’t even have an office here,” said Cynthia Staley, President and Executive Director of GCHFH.

The celebration included a wall lifting in front of local media. All exterior walls in the new home were assembled with the help of state congress members at the Texas Capitol during the recent Habitat’s Day at the Dome event. Affected homeowner Alice Silva and family members were at hand helping nail the walls to the slab. Ms. Silva expressed her gratitude to the Red Cross, “I want to thank the Red Cross for helping us, not only me, but other people in the city of Refugio.” The new home is being built at the site of her Harvey-damaged house with volunteer labor provided by Community Aid Relief Effort (C.A.R.E.)

Alex Garcia, Alice Silva and Cynthia Staley (l-r)

During the well-attended event, Alex Garcia, Executive Director of the Red Cross Coastal Bend Chapter, acknowledged the extraordinary generosity of our donors in supporting recovery of #HurricaneHarveySurvivors.   He also recognized Red Cross partners, “It’s an incredible opportunity to see a family that was extremely devastated after Harvey get their home back. Thanks to great partners like Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity we continue to rebuild Texas.”

Refugio County Judge Robert Baschke and City of Refugio Mayor Wanda Dukes witnessed the wall lifting event that marks the beginning of a new chapter for the Silva family.