Teaching Homeowners Hurricane Resilience in Puerto Rico

In an effort to make Puerto Rican homes more resilient to future hurricanes and earthquakes, Team Rubicon partnered with Mercy Corps and Build Change for a two-day workshop on December 10 and 12 to teach homeowners how to reinforce their existing homes through a variety of methods. The two-day training included a full day of theory, instruction, and discussion in a classroom, followed by a … Read More

TR Volunteers Aren’t All Veterans and First Responders

Davidson, North Carolina resident Frank Giancarli spent his childhood as a Boy and an Eagle Scout doing service projects. But as he got older, “work got in the way,” so he didn’t so as much volunteering as he would have liked, he said. But nine months ago, he was checking out a friend’s Facebook photo … Read More

When a Massive Tree Falls in Wilmington

Army veteran Julie Simmons, of Wilmington, North Carolina, thought she prepared thoroughly for storm season. She had saved for a long time from her substance abuse counselor salary to pay for a new roof on her single-story home and to have many of the trees on her property taken out or trimmed. She left two … Read More

Progress of the Puerto Rico Rebuild

This October, construction on the first Team Rubicon-funded house in Puerto Rico began. In conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul, TR identified three families, whose homes were destroyed in Hurricane Maria, who were in dire need and were ineligible for federal assistance. In order to receive federal funds from FEMA and from certain nonprofits, home … Read More

Meet William Rodriguez, Case Manager of the Puerto Rico Rebuild Project

Passion exudes from 68-year-old William Rodriguez as he discusses details of the cases he manages for Team Rubicon’s Puerto Rico rebuild project. To Rodriguez, a native Puerto Rican from Vega Alta, each case isn’t a number or a situation where needs and risk have been assessed, but a personal story he has the privilege to … Read More

Hospitality Breeding Out in Puerto Rico

Team Rubicon has invested more than $4 million in Puerto Rico’s recovery from Hurricane Maria. We have hired local contractors to rebuild more than 400 roofs and a minimum of three houses by the end of 2018. But these numbers do not tell the whole story; the whole story can only be told by talking … Read More