Saturday, February 07, 2009

Allergies at this age?

I realize it's been a few days since I've let you know what's going on. It's been a few days since my head has been clear. We keep hearing about the extremely high tree pollen down here, it hasn't rained in quite some time. But no way did I think I was allergic to that tree pollen --- until now! The coughing until you can't breathe, the congestion and eyes that burn like fire --- welcome to Texas! And since I'm not the only one suffering, I got some advice on allergy medicine and it seems to be working. They say it takes about a week to build up so I'm counting the days!

Wednesday was a day spent in San Leon, Hitchcock and back to San Leon with home visits. Our last visit brought us to a lady who was at the end of her rope and thankfully she agreed to allow us to call in some professional help. The loss of hope is more than devastating and we see it more times than we would like. And each day, each week brings more and more to that point.

Thursday started with the weekly case management meeting. They are every week but alternate between a location on Galveston Island and the mainland. This week they had put together a manual with every form known to disaster relief. FEMA took all of the forms and put them in binder form--absorbing the cost to do so. These forms are especially helpful to those relief organizations who are rather new to everything. We also heard from an SBA representative who explained the SBA loan. That thing can confuse the best of us and even though I've heard the explanation so many times it's always helpful to hear it again.

From there I headed back here to meet up with Monty and head back into San Leon for home visits. The list continues to grow and we are thankful that the volunteers keep going online and signing up to come and help.

Yesterday I headed to San Leon to Pastor Bob's food outreach where I met even more who need help. Monty was taking care of servicing one of the Mercy Response trucks, a full time job in itself. Phil headed to the camp for the afternoon giving us time to go over things that are happening.

Over the past couple of days Diane, her brother and sister in law have been putting up a fence for a woman in Galveston. Her home was rebuilt by a church up north who "adopted" her but her fence was still gone. After they finished last evening she now has a beautiful fence!

We thank all of you who continue making it possible for us to be here, to be reaching out and to be bringing any small ray of hope we can. God is amazing and it's more than amazing to see His hands at work, to hear His voice of direction and to see hope come to life!

Until next time . . . be blessed. Susan and Monty

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