Apr
18

Hurricane Harvey Rebuild: Rockets, MFI, & Rooms To Go #RunAsOne

Hurricane Harvey Rebuild: Rockets, MFI, & Rooms To Go #RunAsOne

“The duty of helping one’s self, in the highest sense, involves the helping of one’s neighbors.”

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on thousands throughout the Houston community. As flooding inundated the city, families were forced to evacuate their homes, leaving nearly everything they owned behind. Margarita Garza and her three children were one of those families. Although their street remained out of harm’s way through the storm, the release of the Lake Houston dam changed everything. Water rose rapidly and the Garzas were forced to flee, relocating to the home of a family member who was providing shelter for 30 others – over half of whom were children.

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Fast forward eight months, and while the devastation brought on by Hurricane Harvey may not be glaringly obvious as you drive through our city streets, the effects live on. Many people are still struggling to rebuild. Some families continue to live in temporary shelters while others, like the Garzas, have returned to their houses but live without the comforting basics that once made it their home. Well, we are happy to report that this is not where the Garza family’s story ends! Thanks to incredible volunteers from across the nation and the coordination of SBP, a disaster relief organization, the Garzas were finally able to celebrate their homecoming.

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Volunteers from AmeriCorps and Farmers Insurance gathered with the Garza family as they returned to their newly rebuilt home.

A few short days later our client, Laurel D’Antoni, called to share the Garza family’s story and explain her involvement with SBP. You better believe we jumped at the opportunity to put our talents to work! Laurel and Mike teamed us up with SBP and Rooms to Go, and it was time to make some interior design magic. Measurements were taken, furniture and decor was selected, and transport was coordinated. In a little over a week, the Garza’s home was majorly transformed.

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The Garza family Living Room BEFORE the furniture installation.

In one word, install day was INCREDIBLE! Rooms to Go donated and hand-delivered $5,000 worth of retail products, as our team managed furniture placement and worked with Laurel to steam linens, hang shower curtains, and coordinate all of the finishing touches.

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Melanie, MFI Design Director, finishes up the curtains while Sean, with Rooms To Go, hangs artwork.

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Marie making a few final adjustments to the layout.

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The living room AFTER. What a transformation!

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Julie and Sydney = Steam Dream Team

We can’t get over the powerful impact every piece of furniture made throughout the home:

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Dining Space BEFORE…

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Dining Space AFTER!

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Master Bedroom BEFORE

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Master Bedroom AFTER

Child’s Room BEFORE

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Child’s Room AFTER

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Child’s Room BEFORE

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Child’s Room AFTER

Margarita Garza was a constant source of strength and hope for her children throughout the recovery process, and we were overwhelmed by the entire family’s joy and gratitude during the reveal.

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Margarita Garza and her three children, Jose Luis, Sophia and Noemi Tudon

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Houston Rockets Head Coach, Mike D’Antoni, and wife, Laurel D’Antoni with Rooms To Go and Marie Flanigan Interiors. Laurel and Mike D’Antoni matched the $5,000 donation made by Rooms To Go, covering the cost of household goods for the family.

Marie soaking it all in with the Garza family – we love to see those beautiful smiles!

Go, Rockets! #RunAsOne

Needless to say, this week was a powerful reminder that love overflows in the Bayou City. Nearly eight months after Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston, people from all over the country are still banding together to lend a helping hand. Partnering with the Houston Rockets and Rooms To Go to bring this home to life for the Garza family was a dream come true! Together we are strong. Together we are brave. Together we will rebuild.

Garza Family Install

Looking for ways to get involved? Check out SBP, a nonprofit, disaster relief organization committed to rebuilding and repairing over 200 Houston area homes impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers are welcome to work for any period of time, with training, supervision, and all of the necessary tools and materials provided for the job. Interested? Visit http://sbpusa.org/get-involved/ 

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  1. Kyleen says:

    Beautiful work done for a much deserving family! Thank you for being an example of what we all can do one person/Family at a time! Well done!

  2. What a blessing for every involved especially the Garza family. To whom much is given, much is required. Kudos for rising to the occasion and lending your neighbor a hand in their greatest time of need.

  3. Barbara Granett says:

    Hard not to shed a tear seeing these pictures of love and renewal. Thanks for your service and sharing.