Hurricane Andrew devastated southern Florida on my first day in the classroom at Georgetown, in August 92. A little over two-and-a-half years later, I participated in a spring break trip to Homestead to help a little with the recovery on a Habitat for Humanity project. I went with three students from the college, our associate minister, and about a dozen folks with an analogous group from Richmond/EKU.
We stayed in what had been a strip mall, hollowed out for rows of bunk beds and shower stalls. We spent much of our time on the site pictured below.
I don’t have much in the way of good pix from our efforts, but here’s one that I believe shows at least a few people from our group helping to get trusses up.
One day we were able to all work together on shingling a house at another location. We also were able to do a bit of sightseeing in the Everglades and South Beach.
This area (along with so much more) now looks very likely to get hit again by Irma; I’m hoping that the work that went in trying to making these homes hurricane-ready holds up. This storm has already inflicted horrors on so many and yet there is much destruction and anguish to come. I can only hope that the next days are not nearly so bad as what’s predicted. My best to all who have been and will be impacted.