Aug 10, 2020

Hurricane+Earthquakes+Covid19=Power to Resilience

Because of Covid19, a full lockdown was issued at the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, leaving many people in desperate need of daily assistance. Many have lost their jobs or are unable to work due to being sick and/or quarantined. For this reason, we have worked every day distributing hot meals and food boxes in different communities in the West Coast of the Island. Thanks to your support and to our Partnership to other organizations in Puerto Rico such as Puerto Rico Rises, we were able to feed more than 6,000 people in the past 5 months.

In the midst of all this, we moved from Cabo Rojo to our new location in Aguadilla. We are working to open the doors of our office to the community as soon as possible. Offering different services such as, First Response Assistance and our Small Angels Program.

Some of our team members have been able to go out and meet with people in these areas and hear some of their stories. It has been both heartbreaking and humbling and we are so much more aware of how great the need is and how we are impacting many lives.  

For Such a Time as This, would like to thank those who have supported this project, without you we can do nothing. We want to thank God because of His grace and help.As always we  will continue to work and serve the underprivileged areas all over our city.  

Love you y'all

-Yani-

 

 

Yani,Presi/CEO and her husband Luis.Nice to meet U
Yani,Presi/CEO and her husband Luis.Nice to meet U

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Apr 13, 2020

Standing Strong in the Storm

Supplies for Homeschool kids in the mountais
Supplies for Homeschool kids in the mountais

It has been a very different and difficult three months. In Puerto Rico, we’ve endured earthquakes, tremors, flooding, and now, COVID-19. We still have families living under blue tarps since Hurricanes Irma and Maria. It is a frightening situation for the people in Puerto Rico, where many are still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria, a category 4 storm that devastated the island in 2017.

People in Puerto Rico are enduring new hardships after a series of earthquakes struck the island. Our schools in Puerto Rico are still closed due to these earthquakes, but passionate teachers created "outdoor schools” before switching to virtual schools once COVID-19 struck. We have also been donating school supplies to parents who have been undergoing these homeschool practices. Special thanks to Mesias Foundation, in Nashville for their donation of backpacks filled with supplies!

In January 2020, For Such A Time As This was in Nashville, Tennessee hosting meetings with our partners. They received us with loving hearts. They, as always, were willing to listen to what’s happening in Puerto Rico and continued supporting us in our mission. We are beyond grateful for Solomon Builders as they have supported us by sending lots of things needed in the communities we serve. During that time, our team of volunteers were in the south bringing help to the people affected by the earthquake.

Upon our return from Nashville, we began work on cleaning and painting what will be our new offices and warehouse in Aguadilla, PR. We were anxious to move offices, but a week after we start painting it, the governor of Puerto Rico ordered a curfew, where we can only leave our homes to go to the doctor, hospital, grocery store, or gas station. For the past month we have been in lockdown trying to adjust to this “new normal” that is ever changing in Puerto Rico since hurricane Maria.

In the midst of all this, For Such a Time As This has continued to work by helping,serving and loving people and communities in need.

Our prom dress campaign is on hold until things get back to a certain “normal". If you didn’t know, we have been collecting dresses for girls who are unable to buy prom dresses, also known as our “Prom Dress Closet”.  We want to accomplish this and more to bring some relief and love to our people. Another special thanks for all those who have donated dresses for our Prom Dress Closet.

In the past few weeks, we have been collecting and delivering food from the school cafeterias which have shut down again due to COVID-19. Puerto Rico Rises has given us the opportunity to work in partnership in this mission and we are very grateful. The foods collected are being donated to underprivileged families.

This pandemic affects us directly; physically and emotionally, but we are committed to our people and will continue to serve Puerto Rico and its communities.

Without you, we would not be able to achieve anything, so we are eternally grateful for your trust and support. There are thousands of nonprofit organizations that you could choose to help but you have chosen us, and we are honored to have your trust and the joy to call you our partners.

Earthquake community
Earthquake community
Cleanning and Painting ou new facilities
Cleanning and Painting ou new facilities
Donations received to serve our communities'
Donations received to serve our communities'

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Dec 27, 2019

A Brighten Future for All

Talking with community kids about suicide
Talking with community kids about suicide

Over two years ago, two hurricanes devastated the homes of thousands of residents in Puerto Rico, roofs were torn from homes, and heavy rainfall left streets heavily flooded.

For Such a Time as This keeps working, helping, and loving the people that are still struggling to recover. Lots of work remains to be done, even though our communities have shown how resilient they are. It has been an honor, privilege and joy to stand by Puerto Rico through it all.

For Such a Time as This is more committed than ever to support the recovery of the families that are still reeling from the impact of these storms, and struggling because of Puerto Rican economy. For the past three months, we have loved and helped many people in Puerto Rico and in The Bahamas. When the Bahamas were impacted by Hurricane Dorian, For Such a Time as This collaborated with another humanitarian nonprofit organization, Puerto Rico Rises, as well as other US based organizations to send emergency and medical supplies to the impacted island.

Beyond the disaster relief, we’re also working, helping and supporting the West Coast of our Island in many ways. We have helped a group of 200 college students without access to daily meals by supplying groceries and we worked in collaboration with a church of the area cook and serve 500 hot meals for the students at Thanksgiving. Also, we continue to feed the homeless and their families. These are some of the things we have been working on these past months.

We are excited to let you know that now we have a volunteer Administrative Assistant, Carmen, who helps us with love, joy and gratitude. We are blessed for the help she is bringing in the administrative side of the organization. 

For Such a Time as This, caught the eye of CBS Lead National Correspondent, David Begnaud, who shared our Instagram story on the anniversary of Hurricane Maria in September 2019.

In the coming year, 2020, For Such a Time as This is commited to keep working hard to keep planting seeds that will leave a great legacy for the generations to come. 

Thank you for continuing to support the work we are doing in Puerto Rico - it means the world to us!

Volunteers sorting donations
Volunteers sorting donations
Homeless Outreach
Homeless Outreach
Helping Bahamas
Helping Bahamas
CBS Lead National Correspondent
CBS Lead National Correspondent
Carmen, our Volunteer Administrative Assistant
Carmen, our Volunteer Administrative Assistant

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