Why Puerto Rico?
On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria barreled into Puerto Rico as a powerful Category 4 storm. Most of the country was devastated by this disaster. While cities like San Juan have been recovering and are on the mend, some towns are still in shambles. Yabocua, ground zero for Hurricane Maria, is one of these towns still struggling to get on its feet.
Between Yabocua and neighboring Humacao, close to 1500 homes were destroyed. About 500 have been restored or recovered, but still leaves 1,000 still beleaguered and vulnerable. Many families are trying their best to repair their homes themselves. Without additional support to rebuild with more structural integrity, these homes are at risk for repeat devastation if another storm hits.
What can we do?
Between Red River employees and partners, there will be close to 500 people on the ground in Puerto Rico to help the Yabocua community recover. This is a resiliency effort — we want this special place to be built to sustain whatever comes at them next.
Residents of these towns say that there is one thing that kept them going through this disaster — community. They have all come together to cope with loss and pain, as well as work to rebuild their own homes and the town itself.
As a Red River community, we too can come together to help our Puerto Rican friends. It is our mission to make a positive impact on those we serve, to transform communities. There is no better time and place to do that than this January, in the small town of Yabocua, Puerto Rico.