Puerto Rico 2018
We ran a medical clinic for two days for a community of 7,000 people from 7 surrounding communities that still have no access to a physician because of the conditions of the roads due to the impact of Hurricane Maria. The nearest hospital is over one hour away and the residents cannot afford to pay for the services as insurance is rarely reimbursed. Unless organizations like ours volunteer for these communities there are no other feasible options for healthcare. We treated 120 patients and even brought four Telemedicine devices to assist our doctors on the ground in Utuado. Telemedicine allows a convenient way for patients to see doctors. This technology is instrumental in bringing medical relief to areas where communities or physicians do not have access.
Volunteers from across America, paused their lives, left their homes and found themselves servicing the front lines of the reconstruction efforts in a transitional South East Houston community. The residents were hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey – flooding took everything. Throughout their 6 days in Houston, R.E.L.I.E.F. members serviced the homes of families. Becoming temporary communal support pillars, the impromptu troop delivered supplies, stripped rotting homes, and organized a spectacular pop-up community carnival.
From October 19-21, 2013 we offered R.E.L.I.E.F. to those affected by the devastating flooding in Boulder and the surrounding areas of Colorado. Nearly 2,000 square miles were affected by the “unprecedented” flooding according to a preliminary assessment issued by government and university scientists. Across the state, the floods killed at least eight people and damaged or destroyed as many as 2,000 homes. We helped with clearing mud from homes, repairing drywall, removing fallen trees, and helped save pictures from houses that were destroyed.
The impact of the 2011 tornadoes in Georgia was devastating and far-reaching. The twisters wreaked havoc on entire communities, leaving many residents without homes, power, or access to basic necessities. The destruction was so extensive that it was hard to comprehend the scale of the disaster. In the midst of the chaos, the response of the RELIEF team was a beacon of hope for those affected. The team worked tirelessly, providing immediate relief to those in need and working towards the long-term goal of rebuilding the community. Their efforts were a testament to the power of human kindness and the importance of community in times of crisis. The experience was life-changing for all members of the team, who witnessed firsthand the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.
The world’s 5th largest earthquake since the 1900’s struck Japan and within minutes, a massive tsunami followed, tearing through the country’s coastline and leaving devastation in its wake. The RELIEF Foundation mobilized and volunteers headed to the coastal towns of Japan to deliver supplies to those who need them most.
120 volunteers traveled to Port-au-Prince Haiti for seven days to team up with Clean the World and Project H.O.M.E. to help rebuild the New Life Children’s Home and Orphanage. This mission was a complete success with our organization bringing down several tons of donations via a Boeing 737 and cargo ships. We also were able to make substantial improvements to the structural facility at the orphanage while helping bring a smile to the faces of so many children.
Biloxi, Mississippi 2005
The work that the RELIEF team undertook in Biloxi after Hurricane Katrina was extensive and varied, as the city faced significant challenges in the wake of the disaster. The team not only provided immediate relief to those affected, but also worked tirelessly to help rebuild the community and restore a sense of normalcy to the lives of those impacted by the storm. They worked closely with the Red Cross and Salvation Army to ensure that their efforts were targeted and effective. The RELIEF team's presence in Biloxi was crucial to the recovery of the city, and their work will not be forgotten.