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