Happy summer from All Hands and Hearts!
It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of August, quickly approaching what will be the two year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Our programs have changed so much since 2017, our teams completing impactful work that we have been so happy to share with you. Thank you for sticking with us from the beginning, and taking the time to hear what’s new with All Hands and Hearts.
Work in Puerto Rico is continuing, and we have very exciting news about our Yabucoa program: we have extended! AHAH will remain in Puerto Rico until March of next year! To date, our teams have repaired 356 damaged roofs and worked on a total of 452 sites. Every day our field teams see that there are so many that still need our help, and we are eager to continue reaching as many families as we can.
I have some more bittersweet news for you this quarter, as our St. John program has officially come to a close. To say we will miss the wonderful people of this island is an understatement, and we feel fortunate to have stayed for a total of 18 months. During this time our teams positively impacted 8,973 people, after completing 1,470 jobs. To celebrate, our teams joined community members for an evening together in Coral Bay to reflect on their time on the island and say their goodbyes to the home they had come to know and love.
A few words from our Program Director:
“As difficult as it will be to say goodbye, this experience is one that we will never forget.
As they say on the island.... everything's fine. Much love”.
On behalf of everyone at All Hands and Hearts, thank you!