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Long-Term Disaster Recovery in the Rio Grande Valley
Long-term recovery is work that reaches community-wide - and beyond!
The Rio Grande Valley Long Term Disaster Recovery (RGV LTDR) seeks to provide recovery assistance to those living in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas who have experienced damage from disasters. They work to organize volunteer labor and construction materials to help survivors repair their housing, and assist in arranging repairs by third parties when possible. Currently they are responding to multiple severe storms and tornadoes that hit the region in 2023.
Right now, a Case Manager is working with individuals and families who reported damage after the Laguna Heights tornado and Hidalgo County spring windstorms earlier this year. This case worker role was made possible by grants from Week of Compassion and the Rio Texas United Methodist Committee on Relief.
Teams are ready to serve after the first of the year, and RGV LTDR is working to be able to hire Construction Coordinator to guide the teams who will build and repair homes next year.
Earlier this month, to prepare for that work, involved partners and community leaders began convening an Unmet Needs Meeting, to hear updates on the cases that have been reviewed by the Case Manager and to prepare project estimates and set priorities. That way, those who have resources to offer are best prepared to help affected families.
As Susan Hellums, chair of the RGV LTDR, says, "Long-term recovery is work we do together!" We couldn't agree more!
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