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Hope Disaster Recovery: 3 days with an untold story

It was lunchtime Monday morning when I got the call. It was a gentleman who needed a video for a morning event on Friday. I normally would think twice before saying yes to a project on such short notice, but they were friends, and I'm so glad I did.


When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017 all of our lives seemed to be put on hold. Fortunately, I only lost power for a few days. I couldn't' leave my apartment because of flooding but all things considered I got off easy. Many of my family members and friends were seriously effected by the flooding. My grandparents had 2 feet of water in their home and the recovery made for some difficult months.

But that was two years ago.

To be honest, I was surprised that disaster recovery orgs were still working in Houston.

Even crazier, the subjects were only 7 minutes away from my apartment!


It felt like a different world. The conditions these families were dealing with were insane. Many of them had been without homes for two years, these were practically my neighbors and I had never heard anything about this struggle.


More than anything else I was struck by the care and diligence of the case workers. As resources continue dry up it was clear that the people of Hope Disaster recovery were dedicated to overcoming every obstacle to get people back in their homes.


The project was shot in 1 day, edited & revised in 2. I wish we had longer, but the work is always easier when you know that a story needs to be told.



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