Stories from the Field: Adam and Chevy

The last thing we did in the Florida Keys was walk around the neighborhood known as The Avenues.   The last people I met there were Adam and Chevy.  I find their stories so interesting and connected, I decided to share them together on this last (for now) installment of Stories from the Field. When I …

Stories from the Field: Sam

When we got the opportunity to visit with Mr. Sam on the #yoamFL2018 trip, I was hesitant.  Some of the women from the other group pushed us to go help him, but there was paperwork to be done and permissions to be obtained – a lot of bureaucracy.  I knew his home would be untouched, …

Stories from the Field: Carey

I previously wrote to you about Sam, and I promised you you’d get to hear more about him.  Don’t worry; you will.  But before I give you his story, it’s important that you hear about his neighbor, Carey.  I think Carey is an important example of why listening is important.  He’s the very definition of …

Stories from the Field: Vernon

When Irma came, Vernon rode out the storm away from his home, a trailer with additions on a corner lot.  On the day our teams were asked to scour The Avenues for people who may need help, we met him cleaning up his yard, moving mostly tree branches. He said the yard looked so much …

Stories From the Field: Dick

Arlene, a member of the other mission team, and I met Dick on our last day in the Florida Keys.  We were walking through a neighborhood called “The Avenues” to encourage people to pursue case management through UMCOR, as they could pick up where FEMA left off.  The Avenues were likened to the Lower Ninth …