Million dollar grant helps rebuild after Harvey

One star foundation grant allows rebuilding Texas

REFUGIO, Texas — Destruction after hurricane Harvey left the area in awful shape. The One Star Foundation donated a million dollars to local community colleges that allowed them to train carpenters and put money back into the economy.

So far, the pandemic has affected further continuation of this program’s sessions, yet the community has been helpful. Arnold Mendez, an employee, appreciates all the community assistance that has been offered to their institutions.

“The pandemic has defected one of the sessions, we actually we’re going to try to have another session this year. But the way the pandemic affected everything, we had to interrupt one of our sessions, we actually lost about 8 or 9 weeks of teaching,” he explained.

Now that sessions have been able to resume, the institutions are grateful for the funds they received earlier this year and additional community outreach.

“Delmar colleges and the rebuild program have had a lot of help from the community. For example, we’re meeting at the First United Methodist Church in Refugio right now, we have a session going on there. We have a session going on in Sinton ISD, we’ve had some before in Rockport, we’ve had some in Ingleside. So many of the ISD’s in the local area have been very helpful to us. Allowing us to meet in their facilities and so we want to thank them for allowing us to meet in their places and that helps us to be able to train carpenters, he said.”

They will have sessions again for carpeting and other trade skills, starting in 2021.

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