I hope that you and your family are safe, that your home was spared and that you are able to come away from this incredibly challenging time with perspective, gratitude, and the ability to help those who were not so fortunate. It has been humbling and inspiring to see the residents of Sienna Plantation come together for each other. These are early days yet and still dark for many, as damage continues to occur and assessments are only beginning. What has been most notable for me is the area of strength that individuals drew upon in order to be of assistance during and after the storm. We are not all first responders (bless those who are…) yet everyone helped in their own way. I saw groups of moms with children pulling wagons to remove any evidence of empty, evacuated homes to deter potential looters; the Cajun Navy with their fishing boats and own methods of communication; geologists and engineers band together to decipher any available data and advise of their own timely predictions; grocery store stock people announce which products were in supply; mortgage brokers provide guidance regarding late or missed payments that will likely occur as a result of this disaster. The drive to volunteer has been incredible and my favorite image had little to do with the capacity of our levee or the rising waters but of a long line of regular people waiting patiently for their chance to be of service.
A resounding feeling of not only hopelessness but helplessness as well has come in equal measure to the rain we’ve received in Greater Houston. It’s easy during times of crisis such as this to sink down and feel as though there is little contribution that will matter given the scope of what’s being faced. I have witnessed people “dig down” and find their way – whether it’s organizing volunteer efforts, contributing and coordinating supplies and donations, or participating in neighborhood rescue missions – and believe this is the most effective singular way we can all be of assistance, contribute to the greater good, and get the wheels back on the road.
There is a significant distinction between asking “How can I help” and “How I CAN help” and the latter statement is the most important. We all have a way. As a contractor, I’m capable of helping people get back to or get comfortable in their homes. I have tools and good people, and we are ready.
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