Following the generosity and support of the American people, Team Rubicon has the opportunity to extend its capabilities and services into long-term recovery (LTR) for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Over a 24-month timeline, Team Rubicon will pilot a new long-term recovery program to rebuild 100 homes affected by Harvey.

The Hurricane Harvey Rebuild Fellowship

To help pilot and manage the recovery project, the 2018 Cohort of the Clay Hunt Fellows Program (CHFP) will be based in Houston to serve as Recovery Fellows. Unlike previous cohorts of the Clay Hunt Fellows Program, the Rebuild Fellows will be full-time employees of Team Rubicon. In addition to the standard curriculum of the CHFP, the Fellows will be responsible for overseeing recovery and construction projects.

About the Clay Hunt Fellows Program

The Clay Hunt Fellows Program was established to increase volunteer engagement and to build leadership within Team Rubicon’s domestic disaster response initiatives. Through their role, Fellows will not only receive the mission, community, and identity Clay sought, but they will be charged with building similar opportunities for others within the organization.

Piloting Our Recovery Model

The damage caused by Harvey was extensive and wide-reaching; estimates show more than 100,000 families were impacted by the hurricane. To that end, committing to rebuilding 100 homes may seem insignificant. Team Rubicon’s rebuilding efforts will focus on low to moderate-income families to make the greatest impact possible. Moreover it is important to note this is Team Rubicon’s first foray into long-term recovery, this effort, in partnership with SBP, will allow Team Rubicon and the Rebuild Fellows to carefully and quickly build and hone this new capability.

 

Hurricane Harvey Rebuild Fellowship FAQs

How long is this fellowship and do I have to move to Houston, TX? If I have to move, does TR cover my relocation fee?

This fellowship is 12 months long and kicks off in late February 2017. Fellows will be expected to live or move to the greater Houston area. Team Rubicon does not cover the cost of the move – gutsiest move I’ve ever seen, Maverick.

How is this program different from other cohorts of the Clay Hunt Fellows Program?

At the core of the program, it is identical – once complete with the orientation and self-discovery phases, Fellows will oversee the rebuild of homes in the Houston, TX, vice working on a capstone project.

Do Fellows receive a stipend?

No, this fellowship is considered to be full-time employment with Team Rubicon, so instead of receiving a stipend, Fellows will receive hourly pay ($10-12 per hour) and a full benefits package.

Are there any educational requirements?

Not up front – all tenacious, service-driven veterans are welcome to apply. In addition to learning a new trade skill as construction site supervisors, Fellows will be required to complete ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) at some point during the fellowship year.

Do applicants have to be a TR “Greyshirt” in order to be considered?

Nope, not necessary. If not already a Team Rubicon member, Fellows will get registered and deployment ready as part of orientation. Accepting veterans with a discharge of OTH and above.

What sort of skills do I need in order to be considered eligible? Will I still be considered if I don't have much or any construction experience?

Only skill you need to posses is tenacity (we will teach you the rest) – that’s what is going to get the job done!

Why are only veterans eligible for this fellowship?

The Clay Hunt Fellows Program is specifically designed for veterans – why? Because they are Team Rubicon’s passion. This program picks up where Clay Hunt left off – rebuilding a new home.

What are the expectations during this cohort?

Fellows can expect to work 50 to 60 hours per week, overseeing the rebuild of approximately two homes per build-out period. Additionally, Fellows will be required to participate in the CHFP ongoing cohorts when their year is up.

Is there an opportunity for full-time employment after the year?

There most certainly is. Team Rubicon is a rapidly growing disaster response organization looking to build resilient communities of trained volunteer forces across the country. The organization will be hiring location-based coordinators in key markets and what better to kick it off than Houston!

What's the tie-in with Clay Hunt? Why not make it its own Rebuild Houston fellowship?

Clay found happiness in serving others through reconstruction – he discovered his passion during several deployments to Haiti, which drove him to hone his skills at home in Houston; which he was doing until he lost his battle with PTSD. Because of that, we are including this fellowship under the umbrella of CHFP.

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