This year we traveled to the Coastal Bend of South Texas to assist our fellow Texans whose lives were forever changed by Hurricane Harvey. Parkway Presbyterian Church hosted our Alternative Spring Break (ASB) team as we spent the week working on various projects that Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) has planned.
What we did for ASB 2019:
Other than all projects being a result of Hurricane Harvey recovery, we don’t have a lot of details on the homes we were working on, but here’s what we do know:
- The Taft group (15 people) worked on First Presbyterian Church in Taft that was organized via Ed Sackett with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance. The church was likely destined to close until help came and we didn’t know (till you told us) that it was their 100th anniversary year!
- Day 1 for the Rockport group (17 people) was working on conservation pathways via Beautify Aransas County that is working to restore natural habitats for the local and migratory birds and wildlife in the area. These nature treasures are home to the migratory birds such as Hummingbirds and Whooping Cranes, monarch butterflies and a playground from visitors from all over the country.
- The Rockport group worked on 4 homes in the Coastal Bend via the organization All Hands and Hearts:
- 2 in Rockport (one completed project start to close)
- 1 in Ingleside
- 1 in Aransas Pass
The Rockport projects that were not completed were simply too much work to complete in a week, but immense progress was made. Work done (similar to the church) was mucking and gutting, mold removal and sanitation, drywall and insulation removal/ installments, debris removal, painting and flooring.
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