Helping Puerto Rico

Hurricane Recovery for Families

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 mph. Immediate damage to the electrical grid and cellphone towers put Puerto Rico in an island-wide blackout.

According to FEMA data, it is estimated that 53% of all structures on the Island were left with significant damage after the storm. Families lost their home, place of work, and sense of normalcy and safety. People were left with no clear path forward to recovery.

Almost five years after Hurricane Maria, thousands of families in Puerto Rico still need adequate mitigation resources and state-wide measures to ensure that they are protected from the next disaster. The families we work with have been strong; however, we hope that we can provide them with that next step toward recovery through partnerships and service.

Our Work

SBP Puerto Rico shrinks the time between disaster and recovery first and foremost by repairing and rebuilding the damaged homes of families affected by Hurricane Maria. We have welcomed back over 215 families to a safe and resilient home.

Every day our team works simultaneously in 8 to 12 homes, driving forward recovery construction work so that each client can return to a safe and secure home. We do this through our construction model based on the Toyota Production System, trained AmeriCorps members, and passionate volunteers. This model enables us to rebuild at a fraction of the cost of regular private contractors, which helps us ensure that we can continue our work for more families.

SBP’s rebuilding services provide long-term peace of mind to survivors: we rebuild roofs to FORTIFIED standards to protect them against high-intensity winds; utilize high-quality roof sealers to prevent water intrusion; reinforce connections between the roof, floor, and walls to improve the structural integrity of the home; repair cracks and fissures in exterior walls to prevent water and air from entering, and use hurricane-resistant aluminum doors and windows to protect openings.

Our Impact

  • 215 families back home
  • 120+ organizations trained in disaster recovery best practices
  • 2,000+ volunteers have served with us = $475,000+ in saved labor costs
  • 135 AmeriCorps members have been a part of our team
  • 14 municipalities served - Bayamón, Canóvanas, Carolina, Cataño, Guayama, Guaynabo, Juncos, Loíza, Rio Grande, San Juan, Toa Baja, Trujillo Alto, Vega Baja & Yabucoa

Continued Need

  • Thousands of families have been waiting for more than four years to move back into their home
  • 140+ families on our waitlist
  • Home rebuilding costs can range up to $75,000

How YOU can get involved

Volunteer:
Volunteers achieve our mission of shrinking the time between disaster and recovery six days a week. Over 2,000 volunteers have contributed more than 36,000 hours of service since August 2018. We need passionate people wanting to make a difference to bring families back home! Register here.

Donate:
Rebuilding funds are always the most significant barrier to recovery for families. Donors make it possible for us to continue our service until every family has a secure roof over their heads and a healthy home to come back to.

Click here for more information about becoming an SBP Donor or Fundraiser today!

*For Act 22 Donations, click here under SBP Puerto Rico fund.

Become a Member of our Team:
Apply to become an AmeriCorps member and learn new skills while directly impacting families’ recovery. You can find more information here!

Share the story:
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If you're interested in more information you can also call us at 787-727-5544 or 787-982-2190.

You can also email us at prvolunteer@sbpusa.org.