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Habitat For Humanity Building House in Refugio

Habitat for Humanity helping Refugio Recover

REFUGIO, TEXAS - The Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity held their home pop up in Refugio.
Newscenter 25's David Gibson attended the event and tells us about the program.

Even on a rainy day the sun shined bright as the Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity raised the walls for their first home being built in Refugio.
"A lot of people don't know this but Refugio was the number 2 most damaged county from Harvey in the state of Texas," adds Cynthia Staley, GCHFH President.

President of the Habitat for Humanity Cynthia Staley says when they were two months into the recovery process after hurricane Harvey in Victoria people reached out to her for recovery help in Refugio.
"But the American Red Cross Grant has made it possible for us to have an office in Refugio County," tells Staley.

Alice Silvas has been living in her home for 18 years but that changed after Harvey.
"My bathroom was all down, sheet rock and everything had fallen on the floor. My kitchen halfway was destroyed, I had a whole bunch of mold, my furniture had a lot of mold so i had to throw away everything," explains Alice Silvas, Homeowner.

Silvas home shifted during the hurricane so for nearly 2 years she's had to find another place to live.
"since the hurricane i have been in the RV," says sadly Silvas.

Silvas went to the Refugio County Volunteer Reception Center to fill out an application to receive assistance to redo her home. Then the VRC referred her to the habitat for humanity.

"So we were referred by the VRC and after we reviewed her application and she got all the documentation she needed to meet our requirements," adds Ashley Jett,GCHFH Assistant Director-Refugio County.

The Habitat for Humanity told her they will rebuild her home because it wasn't safe. and habitat got money from the Rebuild Texas Fund to build this home.

"We came in and started funding projects about a month after hurricane Harvey ended and we are so excited to continue this work on the ground," I think seeing homes come up is one of the most exciting things i get to do on the road," smiles Cristina Cornejo, Rebuild Texas.

As the event came to a close family members along with officials raised the walls for the new home being built. Slivas says shes beyond grateful.
"I am very glad, i mean i don't know how to express myself but im glad everybody is coming together, especially habitat to help me build my home," declares Silvas.

If you need help and you feel that you qualify you can reach out to the Habitat For Humanity at 361- 573-2511. You can visit their website here.

The Habitat For Humanity plans to build 26 to 28 home here in Refugio in the next two years.


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