Chicago Jewish young adults travel to Houston to aid in rebuilding efforts

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Volunteers at work on a JUF TOV relief mission to Houston.

Hurricane Harvey ravaged the homes and hearts of so many Houstonians.

Picture driving through a suburban neighborhood where the streets are lined with four feet high debris and boarded up homes.  We are talking toilets, mattresses, and yes even kitchen sinks. Stray dogs roam the streets still looking for their familiar territory.

My fellow participants and I worked in 80-degree temperatures removing drywall, floor tiles, nails, and much more to remove the growing mold from damaged homes.  Each removed nail helped to set the foundation for a new beginning for the homeowners.  The amazing aspect that remains with me is that this tragic event did not break the people of Houston. They are a resilient bunch-Houston strong.  The neighbor of one home came over to introduce himself and personally thank each of us for helping out.  At the NECHAMA shelter, area residents prepared and served us meals.   It certainly didn't hurt that the Houston Astros won the World Series on the last night of our trip!

Like most participants, this was my first time repairing homes after a natural disaster.  I chose to act instead of making a financial contribution because no amount of money can help restore people's hopes and feelings of loneliness.

Adam Rowe serves as the YLD Pride Committee as Social Media Chair.


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