The North Carolina coastline was hit with Hurricane Florence in 2018. Ray and a team of veterans deployed over multiple weekends bringing water purifications systems to communities in need. The outreach they did went far beyond fresh water, they assisted in various stages of rebuilding a community church working right alongside people who had lost … Read More
We Put Boots On The Ground
In partnership with FEMA, dedicated teams of Veterans Response volunteers worked on rebuilding homes across Puerto Rico. Replacing roofs, doors and windows is like replacing hope, security and comfort to so many families. Months after the Hurricanes Irma and Maria swept through Puerto Rico…the island continued to rebuild and with the help of FEMA Project … Read More
Cidra, a town in central Puerto Rico was a memorable stop during the Mission because it presented a serious challenge; there was no obvious source of water. So we set up the DIVVY system using an unconventional water source: a swimming pool! The community, including the family of Veterans Response team member Angel Fernandez, loved … Read More
Salinas, along the southern coast of Puerto Rico, has not had potable water since Hurricane Maria hit. The town officials requested an emergency deployment of a DIVVY system to a small river outside of town. Once the word spread that Veterans Response was on site and ready for “business,” the steady stream of people from … Read More
We had heard about the complete devastation that was the mountain town of Utuado. When we got there, it was that bad and so much more. We set up the DIVVY system at the side of the road. People had gathered at a PVC pipe where water was flowing from the rocks to shower and … Read More
Pinones, a community outside of San Juan, had been without electricity and clean water since Irma. Keeping spirits high, a fun day was planned with live music, traditional bomba dancing and face painting. Of course, the highlight was the installation of the town’s own DIVVY system. This is the first of many “stationary” systems with … Read More
Traveling to Guayanilla was another milestone mission. We brought clean water to a yet to be reached community and connected with the family of team member Ray Guasp. Road and bridge conditions made travel tough, but that didn’t stop the turnout of people in need of water. Ray’s uncle Rigo, 83 years young and a … Read More
A request was made to deploy a DIVVY unit to Old San Juan. There is an art school at the crest of town, on Calle San Sebastian, that needed clean water. The challenge was that the only available water source was 28 feet below ground. Retrieving water on a decline had not been attempted with … Read More
With every stop we made around the island, the handshakes, the hugs, the raw emotion flowed – just like the clean water that we were there to provide. In Las Marias these gentlemen stopped time with their voices.
All around the island we found communities helping communities, watching out for one another. The residents of Cidra guided us to this small town near this river called Comerio, knowing that the water was contaminated and unhealthy. The DIVVY system deployment in Comerio couldn’t have gone any smoother.