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At request of State, Hands of Hope serves larger role in hurricane recovery

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 20:49:04-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A local nonprofit organization is doing everything it can to help people who are still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

Rockport Hands of Hope was started in 2016 by the First Baptist Church. One of its first missions was to build ramps for elderly homeowners.

After Hurricane Harvey hit the Coastal Bend, the State of Texas asked them to take on a much bigger role by coordinating more than 10,000 volunteers to help with repairing homes. This nonprofit organization believes that they are filling a space that's sorely lacking.

"It became very obvious very fast. We are definitely the ones in Rockport who could do things faster with less red tape. Because we don't use government money and help in a much broader scope than people coming in who focus only on fix the house or build the house," said Cyndi Powell, Executive Director for Rockport Hands of Hope.

The organizations has raised more than $3 million to help with demolitions, rebuilding homes, and buying and replacing RV's for people who need them.