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Raised by 71 people in 20 months
Created September 8, 2017
Our parents, Dave and Robin Conro -- long time residents of St.John, USVI -- have just lost their home to Hurricane Irma.

Dave and Robin are  beautiful people with big hearts, who have been cherished locals of St. John for 17 years. After setting sail from Texas in their houseboat/sailboat Intrepid to cruise the Caribbean, they found their paradise in the pristine parks and people of St. John.

They soon became involved with the island’s vacation rental industry as property managers, and have since taken great personal pride in helping to maintain the stunning architecture and natural beauty of the island.

When they learned that Hurricane Irma would be striking their tiny island, Dave and Robin worked tirelessly to prepare the 40+ properties in their care for the storm -- only to lose their own in the end.

We know they will be working hard to help rebuild other people’s homes before they rebuild their own.

And so we are not asking for help to completely rebuild their home; but rather for help to relieve them of some of the financial stress during this crisis. Any funds donated will go directly to Dave and Robin to be used for meeting insurance deductables, and providing temporary lodging, food and water, clothing, toiletries, and any other supplies needed for survival. Since they do not have access to the internet in order to receive and utilize the funds at this time, Dave's daughter Kimi Conro (co-organizer of this campaign) will serve as the beneficiary until they have communications restored to them, at which time the money will be transfered in full to Dave and Robin. We recommend those who wish to donate to the island at large consider the verified St. John Community Foundation to help their fellow neighbors in need. http://thestjohnfoundation.org/donate

These two images illustrate only some of the damage sustained on St. John this past week.

Please consider donating if you can, and share this page with anyone you know who might be able to help.

The following images are of the home Dave and Robin  built for themselves at Seascape. The main house was a rental villa that they maintained, but the guest house was an uninhabitable building until Dave and Robin completely rebuilt it into a comforting oasis with a stunning view that they called home for many years. Both houses are now utterly lost in the wreckage of Irma.
The above video shows the "peace before the storm" - the last video Robin made of the view from their home, the night before Irma hit.

The hanging gardens and bird baths that Dave planted and tended for serenity are all just cherished memories now. We pray they get the opportunity to build some peace anew.

The greatest value Dave and Robin offer as property managers is their mom-and-pop-style approach to each and every home and homeowner. Their deep love for the island makes it impossible for them to stay away when any of their houses are in need. While they have yet to be able to traverse the island to assess the  damage to the many homes in their charge, their hearts are already broken for the handful of homes they know at this time to be lost entirely.

More than anything, Dave and Robin love their ever-growing family and wish they could spend every moment with them. Their four children, two grandchildren, nieces and great-nieces, siblings and parents, and further extended family -- we all are praying for them and wish them strength of will and peace of mind as they undertake what is undoubtedly their most painful and daunting job yet:  to rebuild not just a home and a business, but a life, a community, and an island.

We love you Dad and Robin, and know you will pull through. 

To whomever this reaches: please consider giving anything you can to help shine some light as they work through this dark trial. Thank you and God Bless.

This Go Fund Me page was created by the children of David and Robin Conro:

Shawn Conro (California)
Kimi & Alex Sarheed (Tennessee)
Joshua & Nancy Conro (Texas)
Chris and Nicole Conro (Tennessee)

We guarantee that all funds donated to this cause will be used solely for the purposes indicated above, and will be deeply cherished by all who know and love Dave and Robin.
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Hello to all friends, family, and supporters of this special fundraiser for our parents. I'd like to give you a brief update on the status of Dave and Robin, as well as the fundraiser in general.

As of last week, Dave and Robin are still safe, healthy, and optimistic. Cell service is still unpredictable, but slowly improving. Dave has hopes that they might be able to access the internet a little via cell data in the coming weeks, since WAPA has still not been able to restore power to the island since Irma hit nearly two months ago. Many are surviving on generator power, but secure and stable internet service is still unavailable to most, including our parents.

Due to this instability and inaccessibility of internet resources, Dave and Robin have decided the best route by which to transfer them the funds you all have so graciously donated is to have their daughter, Kimi Conro, serve as the beneficiary and wire the money in its entirety to their personal bank account, which should be completed within the next week once GoFundMe has approved the request.

Robin (and possible Dave) is hoping to catch a flight off-island in the next month in order to set up a temporary remote-office from which to conduct the business needed to contact and take care of all of you with investments on our beautiful island. They look forward to getting much accomplished off-island until communications are restored and they can return to St. John.

We thank you again for your tremendous love and support. Please continue to keep them in your thoughts, and we will continue to update you as we receive word from them.

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An update on Dave and Robin, Cimarron, and all of our beloved island, St. John:

First, Dave and Robin are still safe since Hurricane Maria followed Irma’s path through the Caribbean. Fortunately for them, the eye went farther south so that it’s most damaging force only skirted St. John and St. Thomas. Dave’s words were, “We’re just a little more beat up than we were the other day, but we’re ok.” However, St. Croix and Puerto Rico – the primary pipelines for resources and travel to and from St. John, post-Irma – were among those islands hardest hit, and so this is undoubtedly making it more difficult for their recovery efforts.

In light of the setbacks of minimal resources and communication, Dave and Robin have focused all their energy and time in assessing the needs and safety of their employees and properties. Robin is anxious for the restoration of communication so that she can get in touch with all of you, while Dave is anxious to begin rebuilding. With fuel and water, as well as electricity, communications, and travel that are all in scarcity on the island, the recovery process is off to a slow start. Despite this, they have set up their office and are ready to get moving again as soon as internet access has returned.

Finally, Dave and Robin have become aware of everyone’s inquiries, emails, and donations, and could not begin to express how moved they are by everyone’s gestures and concern for their safety and well-being.

We, their family, want to thank everyone for turning this GoFundMe page into an extraordinary expression of love and care for our parents. Without ever intending to, the page and its correspondence have become an ever-growing list of people whose concern and love for our parents has created the most beautiful card for them to read through once they have fought through this difficult time. We are proud of Dave and Robin, and proud to see, through all of your persistent inquiries, how cherished they are, and what an extraordinary job they do with Cimarron on the island that means so much to us all.

Thank you, sincerely, from all of us.

Kimi, Alex, and Liam Sarheed
Joshua, Nancy, and Silver Conro
Shawn Conro
Chris Conro and Nicole Campanella

Photo is of a double rainbow from Friendship Villa, shortly after Hurricane Maria.
From Friendship Villa, after Maria
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We are overwhelmed by the love and support that have been pouring in for Dave and Robin; mostly, though, we are honored to have parents who clearly mean a great deal to so many people. As we await a second call from them since the storm, we encourage all who read this to share this page among their networks so that we can raise enough to help them rebuild their home and community. We are humbly grateful for all of your contributions and offers of assistance, and pray that Dave and Robin remain safe during this time of unstable aftermath. Thank you all again.
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On Wednesday, my father and stepmother lost their home completely to Hurricane Irma. As Hurricane Jose threatens to add more destruction to an already decimated island, my family and I ask that you consider donating to and sharing this GoFundMe page to help ease some of their loss as they help to rebuild their community, their business, their home, their lives -- their island. Thank you and God Bless.
Robin's final video from Seascape
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