In February of 2018, a group of Demarest, NJ teens and their moms headed to Houston, Texas to work with the St. Bernard Project, to rebuild a house devastated by hurricane Harvey. We spent February break working on the home of Ms. Shirley, and now with the help of other volunteers it is close to being completed. Our hope is that Ms. Shirley comes back to a comfortably furnished home. We already have a generous donation from the Northern Valley Demarest Regional High School Student Council of $2000. With some additional money, we are halfway to our goal. Please help us raise the money to furnish, Ms. Shirley’s house.
Here is Ms. Shirley’s story…
Ms. Shirley, a 79-year old widow, was displaced from her home by Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston, Texas in August of 2017. During Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Shirley was terrified and alone, since her husband of 50 years had died the year before. As she watched the waters steadily rise, she fear what would happen to her as well as her cherished home of 35 years. Luckily, Ms. Shirley’s next-door neighbors came to her rescue and helped her evacuate to a nearby shelter. Unfortunately, everything in her home was destroyed.
Since then, Ms. Shirley has been moving back and forth between family members, which has taken a toll on her both physically and mentally. Because she is legally blind, and has limited mobility, she misses the familiarity of her old house. Later in his life, her husband had medical issues, which left him unable to work and could no longer afford flood insurance. This, and FEMA’s denial for assistance, has left Ms. Shirley without any funds to rebuild. All of the environmental and emotional changes have caused Ms. Shirley to feel lost and alone, but she still remains hopeful that she will return home to the memories she shared with her devoted husband.
Thank you, Chris, Jung, Christopher, Maria Elena, Cole, Maggie, Jill, Jack, Nicolas, Lisa, Leslie, Young and Julie