Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance
When Hurricane Harvey parked itself over Texas and the Gulf Coast in 2017, the wind and water damage left in its wake were widespread and significant. Damage left unrepaired, or poorly done, only got worse as time and further storms - including the week long ice storm and freeze last February - carried on.
With funds from a Week of Compassion grant, partners at Mosaic in Action have been hard at work helping families find solutions - and the results are a ripple effect of recovery.
Because Mosaic could help fix roofs and secure homes against further water damage, other necessary Harvey-related repairs that had been delayed were possible. And once those repairs were made, Mosaic gained access to other funding for families to make repairs and renovations needed following the severe 2021 winter storm.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith had a new roof completed just hours before a massive rainstorm hit. The joyous report the next day was that they slept safe and sound - and dry! - even through the heavy rain.
“Once the roof was replaced,” our partners at Mosaic shared, “we performed much-needed interior repairs that made the home safe and resilient for Mr. and Mrs. Smith to live in for the rest of their days. An exceptionally grateful Mr. Smith could not believe he had found people he could trust and began to spread the word about Mosaic in Action to members of his community— including his neighbor and sister, Mrs. James.
Gaining her trust took time and patience, but what finally persuaded Mrs. James was witnessing Mosaic stick with her brother after his roof was repaired. Too many times, she had seen groups come in, do one big flashy project, and then vanish before helping with the less prominent— but still essential— repairs.”
This is cascading compassion: gifts received from congregations and individuals become grants made by Week of Compassion to partners like Mosaic in Action, and wrap up in gratitude from families like Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Mrs. James. When compassion arrives as fast as the storms do, and sticks around well after they’re gone, relationships are built, presence and longevity are treasured, and trust and consistency are the result.
Our friends at Mosaic said, “We have been able to do so much good with the funds granted to us by Week of Compassion and are so thankful for this partnership!”
We are, too!
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