(HOUSTON) Saturday, February 24, 2018— On Saturday, five Houston area nonprofits working in disaster relief will join efforts to assist in the final stages of mucking and gutting the property of Houston resident Asha Ramraj and will work together to fundraise for her next home.
Mrs. Ramraj’s home was devastated by a fire in 2015 and during her efforts to rebuild the structure, her beloved husband, Dhanraj, died suddenly from a heart attack in 2016. Later that year, grief-stricken and alone, she did her best to save her home in the Tax Day Floods, and the belongings that remained were flooded and washed away by Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
“Mrs. Ramraj’s resilience and kindness is the embodiment of what it means to be ‘Houston Strong.’ On February 24th, all of us want to show up for Mrs. Ramraj not just to help make her property safer; we want to inspire hope and to surround her with people who support her,” said Melanie Pang, The Salvation Army of Greater Houston’s Manager of Emergency Services.
Pang first met Mrs. Ramraj while distributing donations in the Aldine area. Mrs. Ramraj had been living in the remains of her utility room with a rusted piece of metal on the top for a roof. Pang reached out to Texas Local Disaster Recovery Squad (TX LDRS) who began the process of clearing her property of hazardous materials, and a community-wide collaboration began. Salvation Army provided financial assistance to help her pay past-due bills. BakerRipley assisted with care packages and other support. SBP is working to find her next housing solution, while The Alliance for Multicultural Community Services will continue to support her with ongoing case management.
“She’s not just rebuilding her property; she’s rebuilding her life,” Pang added, “and just like with all of our clients, we are all honored to be a part of that journey.”
Anyone in the community can donate to help build Mrs. Ramraj’s next home by donating here.