Category: Disaster Recovery
“I walked door-to-door as a postal employee and delivered recovery information to residents. The whole neighborhood flooded, so everyone needed help. Eventually, BakerRipley information came from a client on my mail route.” – Clayton Jackson, BakerRipley Disaster Recovery neighbor
“I knew the keys to my success were Dorothy and Robin with BakerRipley. They made me feel comfortable, I prayed for them and I trusted they would help me get my home put back together – and they did!” – Betty Cole, BakerRipley Disaster Recovery Neighbor
“Natasha and her 11 neighbors that I’m working with hold a special place in my heart. These are hard-working families trying to make it. Harvey came in and ravaged this place of dreams. They are trying to bounce back and BakerRipley is helping.” – Mara Busey, BakerRipley Disaster Case Manager
For Sidia and Mario Guzman, coffee is much more than a simple beverage. It is part of their identity and a way of life
Check out our August 2018 Disaster Recovery Update and learn about our impact in disaster recovery work one year after Hurricane Harvey hit the region.
It Really Does Take an Army: Residents Recovering From Hurricane Harvey Benefit from Agency Collaboration
Walmart quietly made a generous donation of 360 palettes to BakerRipley to help the area recover from Hurricane Harvey. The Salvation Army partnered to help store and distribute the items. Over six months the items were given out at our six Restoration Centers located in hard-hit communities.
“What BakerRipley has done is give me a running start and I’m so blessed to have the assistance,” BakerRIpley neighbor Linda Jerrols said. “I couldn’t have crossed the finish line without my disaster case managers help.”
Houston Texans Defensive End JJ Watt announced today the JJ Watt Foundation is donating $2 million to BakerRipley for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
July 2018 Update: Learn about the impact of our disaster recovery work in the communities we serve.
“The house finally feels comfortable and inviting once more. Thank you to BakerRipley for providing us with new, undamaged furniture. Now my kids and I have a place to reconnect and be a family again.” – Amber Kirkland, BakerRipley Unmet Needs recipient
“The work you all do enabled a miracle in my family member Stella Overton’s life, renewed her spirit and helped my family give our matriarch happiness in her twilight years. Thanks to BakerRipley, Harvey wasn’t an ending, it was a new beginning.” – Mike Spriggs.
“We’ve found having a face-to-face connection goes a long way. It shows BakerRipley still cares.”
“Harvey humbled me and made me see things differently. I don’t worry about material things as much and I trust people more.”
Linda Jerrols was looking forward to the recovery when she saw water rise again. She was still recovering from the 2016 Tax Day floods when Harvey hit.
As part of an ongoing effort to help our neighbors affected by Hurricane Harvey, BakerRipley has partnered with the City of Houston and Harris County to offer long-term disaster recovery support and services at BakerRipley community centers as part of the Neighborhood Restoration Program.
We have put in place disaster recovery programs which will be responsive to the needs of our neighbors and we are focused on providing resources to help those in need and to alleviate human suffering caused by the storm.
“None of them know me and I don’t know them, but I’m grateful for these angels,” says Jesse Earl Blanton about the group of volunteers that came from Illinois to help rebuild his house.
Hudson Voss, an 8-year-old from Dallas, collected and delivered hundreds of teddy bears to kids affected by the storm in our East Aldine community.
The work isn’t done yet. We are in it for the long haul, and we can’t do this without neighbors helping neighbors.
BakerRipley has compiled information and resources to help the community’s storm recovery. We will update as new information becomes available.
“There’s nothing like a storm friend. A friend you make because you saved one another in the midst of it all.”
To date, the BakerRipley NRG Center shelter has welcomed more than 7,000 neighbors from 110 cities in Texas. Take a look at a curated photo gallery from our time at the shelter.