Just as we were beginning to make some progress through uncertainty that we all faced during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Texas was hit with an historic level of destruction from the 2021 winter storms. SHAPE was very fortunate to maintain electricity and water, which provided us with another opportunity to serve the community. Prior to the storm, we were able to hire two new contractors and transfer two of our existing contractors into a full-time and part-time staff positions, which brings our employees up to a total of ten.
The new additions were greatly needed as we worked to distribute emergency aid in response to the winter storms. As our city faced massive power outages and loss of water, SHAPE was able to serve as a temporary warming center, allowing a few elders to stay in the center overnight while their homes were without power. During the day, we were also able to provide a space for people to charge their phones, contact loved ones, eat hot meals, and fill their empty receptacles with water for various uses.
Along with that, within days of this disaster, we were able to distribute over 800 cases of drinking water. With help from our supporters, we were also able to provide more than $25,000 in direct financial assistance to people who suffered damages or hardship due to the storm. We are so grateful for all of your support, and we are now bracing ourselves for the upcoming hurricane season.
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