Houston 2020
Even 2 years after the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey, where some 34 trillion gallons of water was dumped over the region, there are still many residents that are in great need of assistance. Cinde's home is about 25 miles west of downtown Houston. Her neighborhood was flooded primarily by the release of a dam, in attempts to save many more homes. But Cinde's home still sat in 3 feet of water for some days, until the floods receded and family members could tear out drywall 4 feet up. But then the house sat for 2 years. Cinde was admitted to hospital the very day Harvey struck. She truly did not have the energy to consider next steps. And over time, the thought of moving forward had become paralyzing.

Family members reached out to Katy Responds, which is a church-fed collective that seeks to respond after Harvey-like disasters. Working through Katy Responds, our enthusiastic CRA group, comprised of 18 students and 4 staff spent the week on finish work on the inside of the home, and a new fence in the backyard. This took our best effort, and in the end we were able to accelerate Cinde's homecoming by 2 weeks!

When we weren't working, CRA enjoyed the greater Houston area at so many venues - strolling botanical gardens, visiting the local aquarium, too many trips to Bucky's, free museum Thursday at the Natural History and Fine Arts museums, and an exciting trip to NASA to see the campus just before they closed tram tours to prepare for a return to the Moon. And what could be better than a visit with our Gulf Coast alumni chapter for a Friday evening dinner feast!
For our 15h year and 20th disaster relief trip, we could not have had a better celebration of CRA efforts than our 7th trip to the great state of Texas!
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