However, their house was below ground level and due to flooding and strong winds they lost everything including their car and personal belongings. They fled to the nearest shelter but since resources are limited the shelter can’t provide basic needs like water, working bathrooms, medication or many meals.
The island is estimated to be at least 6 month without power and water, gas and communications are not available. For that reason my family and I have decided it is best to have them move here in Florida in order to start a new life. My sisters will have a chance to attend school and my mom and step dad will have a better opportunity to find employment and restore what was lost.
The funds provided will be put towards covering plane tickets, beds, clothes, groceries, personal essentials and to relocate since my apartment is not big enough for all 5 of us.
At the end of the day we are blessed that none of my family members got seriously harmed. It will take time, patience, work and a little help from the community but I am certain that as a family we will make it work.
Thank you to everyone who has shown their support one way or another in the last few weeks. The texts, calls and kind words from clients and friends have meant the world. I also want to thank you for taking the time to read our story. Anything will help.
- Bill Elliott
- Scott Nelson
- Matthew DiMauro
- Eduardo Arreche
- Agnes Pacheco
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