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TRIO Islander Students and PASS Staff Help After Hurricane Harvey

September 21, 2017

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ROCKPORT, Texas – A team of TRIO Islander students, Programs for Academic Student Support (PASS) staff and their family members collectively put in more than 100 volunteer hours on Sept. 2-3 to help remove debris and fallen trees and branches from the Gulfway Senior Citizens Mobile Home Park in Rockport the weekend after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

Christopher Wren is full-time staff member at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi whose family owns the mobile home park.

“The Wren family, staff, and residents at the mobile home park are forever grateful to the PASS programs and their families who came to help clean up our community,” said Wren. “The work that was done in a weekend would have taken us at least a month or more to finish on our own.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) says that Harvey is a landmark disaster and one that Texas has never seen before. Harvey will require one of the largest recovering housing efforts the United States has ever seen.

“We were not really prepared to see the destruction as we drove into Rockport,” said Jessica Barrera, Vice President of the TRIO Islanders Student Organization. “When we arrived at the RV park, we were ready to jump in and begin working on whatever needed to be done. Our hearts go out to those who have lost so much during Hurricane Harvey. We did only a small deed, but many were very appreciative.”

Two PASS staff members live in Rockport, and while neither one lost their homes completely, both sustained major damages and they were grateful for the support of A&M-Corpus Christi and PASS.