LA GRANGE, TX — Leticia Jaimes wiped away tears as she walked through her new home for the first time. She paused in the living room, overwhelmed, and fell into the embrace of her mother, Elena. Mother and daughter hugged and cried together, knowing that this day would mark the beginning of many new family memories.
Leticia received the keys to her new home during a special ceremony on May 12 with family, neighbors, community members, and Samaritan’s Purse volunteers and leaders. Her home is one of 20 new houses built for victims of Hurricane Harvey in a new La Grange neighborhood constructed by Samaritan’s Purse.
Luther Harrison, Vice President of North American Ministries, Samaritan’s Purse:
We’re here in La Grange, Texas, at Hope Hill. And here we are today, we’re celebrating the 20th home.
These families have been through Hurricane Harvey, and a lot of these families were displaced.
In less than two years, we built 20 homes for 20 families that have been displaced.
Leticia Jaimes, Homeowner:
I lost everything. I don’t have nothing.
Thank you. I’m so excited for me and my kids. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it, no. Now I’m in shock. I can’t believe it yet.
We were here for the first home dedication; now we’re here for the last. But every one of these families has been given a new home because with God all things are possible.
Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet the needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the Church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Samaritan’s Purse International Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) program is committed to meeting the critical needs of victims of war, poverty, famine, disease, and natural disaster. We stand ready to respond at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever disaster strikes. The DART specializes in providing water, food, shelter, and medical care while sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.
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Source: Global News Alliance, Homes Built for 20 Families Impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas