Hurricane Recovery Update

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Since Hurricane Harvey impacted the Gulf Coast region, including our area west of Houston, The Xena Project has been hard at work to support the veterans, law enforcement officials, and first responders in our community.  While sometimes opportunities to be of service fall directly in line with our mission area of mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing, many times this simply means rolling up our sleeves and getting to gritty work.

Work continues.  Over the last several weeks, The Xena Team has supported recovery efforts by:

  • sheltering nine displaced horses during the storms
  • expending more than 50 man hours demo’ing flooded homes (clearing mud, moving ruined furniture, pulling up flooring, cutting out wet insulation and walls)
  • completing more than 75 hours of phone counseling to flood victims and first responders struggling with anxiety, depression, hopelessness, fatigue, and other challenges
  • delivering more than 100 meals for distribution to veterans who lost all worldly possessions in the flood
  • special projects, such as cleaning saddles and damaged tack (horse equipment) for veteran families whose properties were swallowed by water and river mud
  • securing hundreds of pounds of donated meat from organizations between Houston and San Antonio, to continue feeding displaced families in the weeks to come
  • “health and welfare” checks on half a dozen elderly veterans living in rural areas, whose families could not get an accurate status update
  • volunteering with fellow community organizations to distribute food, toiletries, and other basics

Please continue to keep the Gulf Coast region in your thoughts and prayers.  If you know of a veteran, law enforcement, or first responder family in need, we can be reached at any time by calling (832) 451-5982, or writing to ride@xenahorse.com.

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