Rebuilding Together in Waller County
The April and May 2016 floods had a big impact on the entire greater Houston area, but were particularly damaging in Waller County. In this rural area, resources are scarce and spread out.
Family Houston’s Waller-based case manager, Martha Santos, was a critical resource when the storms hit and through the recovery process. Working with the United Way’s Waller County Service Center, she helped families apply for funds from FEMA, coordinated with volunteer groups and other agencies, and located resources to help families recover.
The Lacombe family connected with Martha after their mobile home was severely damaged by the flood. Mr. and Mrs. Lacombe used their savings to purchase another mobile home, but could not afford to build a ramp (which Mrs. Lacombe needs to safely access her home). Martha helped the Lacombes apply for funds for materials. Mr. Lacombe planned to build the ramp on his own, but Martha expedited the project by coordinating volunteers. Martha also helped Mr. and Mrs. Lacombe get help with medical expenses, transportation, and food expenses.
“The Lacombe family’s recovery from the disaster was due in part to the United Way, the Waller County Recovery Committee, Texas Baptist BOUNCE Student Disaster Recovery, and many other organizations that provided assistance,” said Martha, “as well as the resiliency and resourcefulness of the Lacombes themselves.”