Hurricane Harvey Victim Happy to Be Home Again

August 3, 2018 • United States

Rodney Turner thanks God for the Samaritan’s Purse volunteers who helped restore his Houston home as part of our Hurricane Harvey rebuild project.

U.S. Disaster Relief

Ever since Hurricane Harvey flooded Rodney Turner’s Houston home with a foot-and-a-half of rainwater almost a year ago, he’s been sleeping on his parents’ living room couch. A coat hook on the back of a door served as his closet.

All of his furniture was ruined by the flooding, and flooring and drywall throughout the house needed to be replaced.

  • Rodney Turner, Hurricane Harvey victim
    Rodney Turner in his new kitchen, outfitted with new appliances.

His sister’s home was flooded, too. For weeks after the hurricane, their parents gave 11 friends and family members a place to stay.

Earlier this spring, Rodney finally was able to return home. Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief volunteers helped both him and his sister repair their houses.

Volunteer in Texas

“I just thank God for all the volunteer workers who helped me get my house back together,” Rodney said. “I’ve been blessed to have a brand-new house built from the ground up. It’s not mine, it’s God’s.”

We repaired Rodney’s home as part of our Hurricane Harvey rebuild and recovery project in southeast Texas. Over the course of two to three years (2018-19/20), we’re planning to help 1,000 families get back into their homes (traditional and mobile) and to provide reconstruction grants for 150 or so churches damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

U.S. Disaster Relief Samaritan's Purse mobilizes and equips thousands of disaster relief volunteers to provide emergency aid to U.S. victims of wildfires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. In the aftermath of major storms, we often stay behind to rebuild houses for people with nowhere else to turn for help.

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