Over a month has gone by and life has changed. My mom and dad are now living with my sister and nephew. My parents' home of almost 30 years - the family home - is gone. All was lost, and it has been gutted. My sister's home suffered floor and wall damage and loss of furniture. At this time, paperwork upon paperwork has been filled out for assistance; however, that takes time and there are many roadblocks in place. My parents are unable to start working on their house until they are given the green light to do so, and that light is currently red due to local government issues concerning how people will be allowed to rebuild and when and by whom. People are having meetings to decide when homeowners can go home to rebuild; furthermore, there are debates going on about homeowners having to pay for home inspections when they have nothing left to give.
One of the tips in creating a gofundme explains, "Describe what is needed." Donations are simply to help parents and a family after a natural disaster: home repair, clothing, furniture ... the basics for an attempt to return to a somewhat stable living. Another tip states, "Do your best to estimate the costs." The costs include rebuilding an entire home and everything inside that was lost with it, and another that suffered foundational damage. That number cannot be estimated. The material possessions will not be replaced, and this is not about things that were purchased. This is simply about my parents' desire to get back to their home and work on its rebuild. It's about assistance for the home of my sister who has been the physical shelter for my parents and situational bedrock of the family during this time.
If you wish to help, all is appreciated. The funds will be delivered to my parents and sister to help with rebuilding and repair of their homes. And I know this is just one story from the narratives that have been written since Harvey, Irma, Maria . . . but it's one I'm sharing.
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