Submitted by Tammy Jackson, Tri-County Outreach Worker and Stephen Kitt, Tri-County Team Leader
The Rader family, a 14-year-old boy, a 9-year-old girl, their mother and their aunt were shocked at how fast the water rose during Hurricane Ike. The car was flooded in the driveway before it could be moved, and the house had to be evacuated rapidly. The family had to wade through chest deep water to reach high ground, some not knowing how to swim.
Everything they owned seemed lost due to Hurricane Ike’s flood. Not just furniture and clothes, but family photos and mementos, and even a family pet. They had no where to go, and had to move into a house with 14 of their other displaced family members. The Raders experienced several roadblocks moving toward recovery, so they decided to reach out to the Texas P.R.I.D.E. Crisis Counseling Program (CCP) for help.
The Tri-County CCP team was successful in getting the family rental and financial help through Other Needs Assistance (ONA). The family was able to replace all of their lost furniture with money from FEMA and help from charitable organizations, and they were also able to move into a new home.
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