Disaster Relief Update
Thank you to all who were able to join our recent call with Covenant House President, Kevin Ryan — it meant a great deal to us to connect with many of you at a time when Covenant House is facing so many urgent and unprecedented challenges.
For those who couldn’t dial in, I wanted to share a few key bullets from the conversation below (you can also listen to the entire call here):
- Damage is worse at our Houston shelter than we initially anticipated — there is a chance we will need to demolish and rebuild the entire building. Kids are staying only in the areas of our building deemed safe, and we are prepared to move everyone if necessary.
- Our main building in Fort Lauderdale was hit hard. We need a new roof and are preparing to tear out and replace water-damaged walls throughout. Power has returned and kids are safe, but the road ahead will be long.
- Our Orlando shelter has roof damage that insurance will not cover. Several trees fell around the shelter, resulting in damage and debris.
- We’re receiving troubling updates every day from Mexico City, where four of our seven shelters were damaged in the earthquake.
- Right now we’re focused on ensuring our shelters are stocked with food and water, and that all the kids are safe. We’ve never faced such a grievous situation here at Covenant House — hurricanes, earthquakes, disaster after disaster.
We are picking up the pieces, and relying on dedicated supporters like you to help us charge ahead with repairs.