Stories from the Recovery: Sight Restored

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.

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.

She had over six feet of water in her house, damaging her home, her vehicles and her furniture. Linda lost everything during Hurricane Harvey – including her special prescription bifocal eyeglasses.

Currently unable to work and lacking vision health care coverage, she couldn’t afford the custom-made glasses she received for her unique medical condition. She also needed a new eye exam, but settled for using reading eyeglasses that affected her vision, her mood and gave her migraine headaches.

“I’m currently on a fixed income and lost my glasses during Hurricane Harvey. I really didn’t know how I was going to get my glasses back, since they are bifocal,” Linda explained in a letter.

After noticing her dilemma, her case manager Jaime Obando who was working on her home repair needs, requested direct assistance to pay for an exam with an optomertrist who could order a set of prescription eyeglasses. The request was approved.

“Jaime is the kind of individual that should be working with victims from Hurricane Harvey because we need patience and support through these sometimes complicated processes; some of us have never asked or needed to go through organizations such as yours for help,” Linda explained. He made me feel like his only client.”

The BakerRipley team worked with Vision Works to complete the payment process, and Linda got the eye exam and her new set of glasses.

“I feel like the man in Mark 8:25, when Jesus laid hands on the man’s eyes ‘Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly,” Linda penned. “That’s how happy you all have made me.”Linda Jerrols BakerRipley Stories from Recovery.jpg