Saturday, October 23, 2021, was national Make a Difference Day and a number of team ISC members and their families showed up to help!
Jazmine Cureno, Consultant, spent Make a Difference Day volunteering with the Red Cross in her community in California. The event partnered with the local fire department and gas company to provide free smoke detector installations to homes located in vulnerable areas. The goal of this event is to prevent home fire fatalities by providing smoke alarms that will warn people of a fire hazard in their home. Jazmine’s team went into five homes and installed a total of 15 detectors.
Another ISC team in Houston, TX volunteered with the non-profit Attack Poverty. Attack Poverty’s mission is to “empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization, and basic needs.” Before joining ISC, Tim Bell, Managing Director of Technology, worked for them as a Community Liaison and Project Manager just after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area to help hundreds of families recover and rebuild.
ISC team members Dina Burrell (along with her son Tommy Burrell the 3rd and his son Tommy Burrell the 4th), Joe Folh, and Tim Bell, assisted Attack Poverty with their efforts to repair or replace homes for the disadvantaged. Specifically, they were helping Mr. Flores. Mr. Flores is elderly, and his home had been damaged by storms. It was in such bad shape that it was actually sinking into the mud. Two months ago, Mr. Flores came down with COVID-19 and was hospitalized. He’s currently in rehab and recovering.
Mr. Flores’s home needed to be demolished and replaced. Habitat for Humanity provided the design and initial help building the foundation and framing. Then Attack Poverty took over to finish out the home.
The ISC team was tasked with painting and leveling some of the soil around the new ramp and porch. It was a fun and rewarding day for all of them – and they are very proud of Tommy the 4th, fondly nicknamed “T4”. He has already asked Dina of he can come back again to help!