We all have experienced some challenging times while we’ve been stuck at home during this pandemic. But can you imagine not having any water on top of it all? That’s exactly what one of our friends in Richmond, Texas has been experiencing since February.
For months she’s been filling yellow buckets with water from her neighbor’s faucet. She uses it to flush the toilets and then boils the water to make food and do the dishes. On top of it all, she’s also caring for her sister who is blind and on weekly dialysis.
"...the plumbing in her home had burst and been patched so many times that the only way to fix it was a re-pipe...
You can imagine how overwhelmed and desperate our friend was for help when she called the Disaster Recovery program with Attack Poverty. She shared that the plumbing in her home had burst and been patched so many times that the only way to fix it was to re-pipe and replace most of the valves in the attic. Her job has allowed her to pay the normal bills each week, but there was nothing left over for the plumbing repairs.
Attack Poverty was on a mission to get the pipes fixed. We reached out to a few of our amazing church partners and shared her story. The Sanctuary Fellowship Church and Calvary Episcopal Church made it happen. Thanks to their partnership, we used a trusted contractor, Hermida Services, that works closely with our Disaster Recovery program on Hurricane Harvey home repairs. The plumbing is now fixed for our friend!
She is very grateful that she has water again and can better attend to the care of her sister. And now she can stop filling yellow buckets!
We get excited about partnering with other churches and organizations because we know we can’t do this alone. We’re all working together towards a healthier, sustainable community.