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United Way of the Coastal Bend Gives $450,000 to Refugio County Volunteer Reception Center

Non-profit’s gift used to repair 90 Refugio County homes damaged by Harvey 

December 10, 2018 – The effects of Hurricane Harvey are still front and center with many families in the Coastal Bend. Those without insurance or the means to fix their homes have had to live with the damage without the ability to move forward with their lives. 

“The need in Refugio County is still so great.  Refugio County has been slow to recover due to the lack in the numbers of volunteers and donated materials,” said Dorey Williams, Director of Refugio County Volunteer Reception Center (VRC). “With the disaster relief grant from United Way of The Coastal Bend, we can begin to recover faster by having the funds to purchase materials and pay for skilled labor. This is a very generous donation and many more donations are needed to complete the repairs needed throughout Refugio County. 

The Refugio County VRC is a community organization dedicated to matching homeowners who need help with repairs with volunteer groups who can get the job done. Volunteers assist homeworkers with everything from debris cleanup and removal to mold remediation and general construction. The organization, through generous donations and support from area businesses, is able to coordinate provisions and materials needed for these projects.

“The strength, resilience and generosity of the Coastal Bend community continues to be inspiring. We admire the Refugio County VRC and the work they do to bring these people together under a common goal: doing what needs to be done to ensure everyone receives the support they need,” said Catrina Wilson, President & CEO of United Way of the Coastal Bend. 

Disaster relief gifts like the one awarded by United Way of the Coastal Bend give residents the hand-up needed to get back to normal and the chance to regain their financial stability. The $450,000 disaster relief gift will repair a total of 90 homes damaged by Harvey, representing 252 people who are one step closer to recovery after the storm.

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