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Foundation Reflects on Recovery of Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey
Thursday, October 25, 2018 7:00 AM

As we approach the end of this year's Hurricane Season, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation reflects on the recovery of credit union volunteers and staff who received disaster relief grants to help cover damage sustained from 2017's Hurricane Harvey

As we approach the end of this year's Hurricane Season, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation reflects on the recovery of credit union volunteers and staff who received disaster relief grants to help cover damage sustained from 2017's Hurricane Harvey.

Adrienne Allen, with Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) headquartered in Lake Jackson, was one the Foundation's grant recipients. Allen's family incurred numerous expenses early on, and she notes that the insurance settlement was very slow in coming.

"The grant allowed me to secure a mobile storage pod for my salvaged items and a roll-off dumpster for the debris and damaged furniture," Allen said. "Both of these items required immediate payment, and the grant money was invaluable."

Allen's family moved back into their home on Mother's Day, 2018, about seven months post-Harvey, despite the fact that construction wasn't finished. More than a year later, Allen says her repairs are basically complete, and they are putting on the final touches and wall décor.

Adrienne Allen's home
Damage done to Foundation grant recipient Adrienne Allen's home. 
Adrienne Allen's home
Damage done to Foundation grant recipient Adrienne Allen's home.
Adrienne Allen's home
Damage done to Foundation grant recipient Adrienne Allen's home.

"Thank you so much for reaching out to assist," Allen said. "This was one of the most unsettling and stressful situations our family has dealt with, and having groups such as yours to lend a hand made the situation not quite so dark."

Tracie Pham, with FivePoint Credit Union in Bridge City, reports that her repairs are complete. She used her grant funds to replace appliances, clothes, and shoes. She's currently saving up to replace her bedroom furniture and other personal items destroyed by the floods.

Tracie Pham's home
Damage done to Foundation grant recipient Tracie Pham's home.
Tracie Pham's home
Damage done to Foundation grant recipient Tracie Pham's home.

"I can't be any more blessed and thankful," Pham said. "The Foundation has helped tremendously with my financial needs. The feeling of getting financial assistance is like winning a lottery. The amount given was unbelievable. I almost fell off my chair."

Janett Askew, with Houston Metropolitan Federal Credit Union, is another post-Harvey grant recipient. Askew used her funds to restore the carpet in her bedroom and dry out areas to prevent the spread of mold.

"This was a horrible tragedy that I hope we never experience again, but also a time when people put aside their differences to help each other," Askew said. "This is what credit unions and the Foundation practice and preach—people helping people."

"It's incredible that people should still be in a recovery phase more than a year after Hurricane Harvey," said Foundation Executive Director Courtney Moran. "But that's the nature of unexpected natural disasters. They're difficult, if not impossible, to plan for. The Foundation is fortunate to receive generous contributions throughout the year from caring credit union supporters, which enables us to provide disaster relief grants to affected credit union staff and volunteers when needed."

When planning your budgets for 2019, please remember the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation.