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    Helping Bobbi begin rebuilding her family home

    Day 281

    Starting with a Door

    We met Bobbi in NE Houston, in a neighborhood underserved since Hurricane Harvey. Bobbi lives alone in the house she grew up in, but it was terribly flooded in Hurricane Harvey and she was forced to move out. In addition to the trauma of the storm, Bobbi is struggling with health issues and is on her second round of chemotherapy. Her sister Dolores takes care of her and makes sure she gets what she needs.

    When we met Bobbi, her house had been mucked, gutted and sanitized. But it was still far from livable. Every day Bobbi would come back to the house and hope she could move some of her things back in.

    On Day 281, we wanted to do something to keep things moving for Bobbi. So, we went with her and her sister Dolores to Home Depot to purchase two brand-new doors of her choosing. With secure doors, Bobbi will be able to start rebuilding the interior of her home without having to worry. And eventually, she’ll be able to move her things back in.

    “I’m going to paint the front door red,” Bobbi told us. It was the color of their door when they were growing up, “and my sister has a red door, too.”

    The doors are one step closer to normal life for Bobbi. She’s been living with Dolores but she can’t wait to get back into her own house. “I just love my home.”

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