HOUSTON, Texas – Hurricane Harvey left many Houstonians homeless and helpless, but thanks to others who selflessly stepped up to aid with rescue and recovery, we became Houston strong.
Five of these unsung heroes were honored on Tuesday.
Andrew White, Trae Tha Truth, DJ Mr. Rogers, Holly Hartman and Saul Obregon were were honored with a special proclamation at City Hall for their service to the community.
“Over 10 years in my career, new opportunities present themselves all the time because of this city and the people here,” said DJ Mr. Rodgers. “It’s only right that I find any and every way to give back.”
Hartman, who is a high school teacher, served as a 911 dispatcher during the storm.
“I did become a 911 dispatcher and it was extremely stressful and I’ve always had huge respect for dispatchers and first responders. Even more so now,” said Hartman.
Obregon is the owner of a food truck and did his part by giving out free food to those in need.
“The city has done so much for me and I’m lucky to have a business, so I’m gonna give it back,” said Obregon.
Some business owners also did their part to help victims rebuild.
“It’s really just a blessing and an honor for me to help these people,” said Sam Zavary who is helping refurnish houses of senior citizens that were ravished by Harvey. “Love seeing the smiles on people faces. Love getting them comfortable in their homes again.”
The first African American municipality in Texas also fell victim to the Tax Day and the Memorial Day floods, but thanks to Exclusive Furniture, 30 families received three brand new rooms.
“After this devastation and the last couple of devastation the last three years, everyone deserves to be happy,” said a resident.
Public and private partnerships aren’t new to Houston. Neither is Exclusive Furniture. It’s been around 20 years, but is being recognized by the City now for several Harvey relief efforts.
“Some things got damaged, some things didn’t. But the fact that they go out of their way and donate things for us, we really appreciate it,” said Spencer Davis.
Exclusive Furniture will be donating more than a $130,000 in furniture and financial aid to those in need.
“This donation of furniture is just going to lighten the load for what they have to worry about going forward,” said Tanya Dubose, executive director of the Independence Heights Redevelopment Council.
But the words of City Councilman Michael Kubosh explained it best.
“This is what we call, Houston strong!” Kubosh said.