On September 6th, monster hurricane Irma tore through our island and all our departments. Luckily our buildings stood up well, leaving mostly cosmetic damages to deal with. This was a blessing for those clients that reside with us, who were safe both during and after the storm.
However, we care for an additional 240 clients who live in their own homes, clients who receive district nursing services and clients with intellectual disabilities or have a psychogeriatric disorder (like dementia) who attend our Daycares. Forty-five of these home based clients were deeply affected by this storm. With damages ranging from lost roofs to completely imploded homes, these families lost everything. These are the most vulnerable residents of our island, who need your help the most!
The White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation wants to help these clients to quickly rebuild and restore their lives. We will implement a rebuilding program that we design, execute and oversee ourselves to ensure that every donation is spent 100% on their recovery. It will be done under strict supervision of our dedicated board members and management. Cash will not be given but materials will be bought, labor will be paid and contractors will execute professional renovations that will withstand our climate. This way, your donation will be used for sustainable solutions, which will make a lasting difference in the lives of our clients.
Besides the major damages to our home-based clients, 60 of our 140 staff were also affected by this hurricane. From these 60 employees, 40 lost everything. Their home, their furniture, clothing, everything. The majority of these 40 most affected employees were at work during and after Irma and only days after returned home to assess their losses for the first time. Since then, some have found a temporary place to stay with relatives, others sleep in our staff shelter in our classroom and a few even sleep in their car in front of their broken homes. These employees are the backbone of our foundation. They deliver care to the most needy and now they have become in need themselves.
Our goal is to raise enough funds that we can also help these colleagues back on their feet again. Monies donated will be used to address their most urgent needs. This can be: materials and labor to rebuild a home (if they are home owners), purchasing household items to move back home, repairing a car to get to and from work, replace lost clothing etc.
Our board and Operations Manager will personally oversee the spending of every dollar, euro and guilder donated. Updates on our rebuilding efforts will be documented and shared so you can see your donations at work!
Your help is needed and deeply appreciated.
Michel Soons, president of the board.