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Habitat Hurricane

$8,300 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 83 people in 18 months
If you know and love the Habitat then you are probably familiar with Nicole and Ashley.  Nicole could be found pouring beers and managing the front, while Ashley, the chef, was solely responsible for the delicious foods you have been eating over the last ten years.  Despite the setbacks and income loss we experienced in our last few weeks before closing, we persevered and overcame the hardships to continue to serve the community.    As many of you might know, we had both been planning to relocate to Puerto Rico once the bar closed for new business opportunities and an overall better life.  Exactly one week before our departure date Hurricane Maria ripped through the island destroying our new homes, stranding our loved ones and leaving little hope for a new business opportunity.  Our possessions are somewhere at sea and are currently unable to be tracked down.  We have made new travel plans and will be embarking on a rescue mission to locate Ashley’s boyfriend who is currently unaccounted for.  We will use 100% of the funds to help rebuild our lives, homes, and community.  Although it’s never been our nature to ask for help, the only thing we have been able to consistently count on these last few months has been the support from the people who love us most.  We will rebuild, we just need your help!
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Brief update on the situation and progress in PR. Our original flight heading out tomorrow has been cancelled.
We attempted to rebook at least 6 different times but each day we receive notification that all flights are cancelled. It seems that the west side airport in Aguadilla is finally open but allowing only relief flights. We are hoping this means Western PR will get the supplies they so desperately need.
Ashley received another call from Joe yesterday via spotty cell service, which means communication is starting to slowly return to the island. Although the conversation was brief, he said they were beginning to get around by car after siphoning gas from their boat at the marina. I received a message from the owner of the apartment I was renting. He mentioned that everyone was "surviving" but things were starting to get very bad. He spoke of shootings, fights over gallons of water and overall devastation on the island.
As for the two of us, we are in the process of buying a mobile home and heading to Florida to regroup. We are planning to travel to PR in a few weeks when the flights are more consistent and the island is hopefully more settled. Thanks again for all the support!
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Happy to report another update just received from Joe, Ashley’s boyfriend. In case many of you are not familiar with Joe, he moved to Rincon from New York last October. The two planned to spend a year apart so Joe could set up life on the island only to be joined by Ashley this year. He was our pioneer of sorts. A few weeks after his arrival he began working at the Taino Dive Shop at the Black Eagle Marina where he quickly became a certified Scuba Diver and then advanced to Dive Master shortly thereafter. The crew at Taino Divers are an extremely close-knit group who have been in business for nearly 20 years. They care immensely about the town and people of Rincon. After speaking with Joe briefly today, he told Ashley they were all working diligently every day to repair the marina and roads leading into Rincon. Today they worked to reassemble the roof on the Dive Shop itself.
He was extremely happy to hear that we are planning to come on Sunday and was able to tell us in further detail what supplies will be useful to bring. He did express concern that the situation over there could be dangerous, as they continue to be without water, gas and electricity. It’s going to be a long road but they need continued support to make this island habitable (sounds like Habitat!) again. Thank you all again for the donations and support. There is no way we could be doing this without any of you.
Here's Joe & Mona (one of his two dogs)
Dive Shop
The beach near the marina (2016)
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We are totally overwhelmed by all the support and donations after only two days! Can't thank everyone enough. We have a planned flight for Sunday into Aguadilla and we will be using the donations to bring supplies. We just now heard from Ashley's boyfriend, its been 6 days but he finally got in touch via satellite phone. He is doing ok but his house is flooded. The western side of the island, Rincon, where he is living is running out of supplies. I had a rental set up for myself but still unsure of its status. We will continue to keep you updated. And thank you again for everything.
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