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Caught Between Harvey and Irma

There are many organizations in the world made up of members. However, here at Team Rubicon, being a member means you are more than just a number in a database. It means you are part of a bigger family that loves and cares for you deeply. This past week, I was reminded of those special relationships.

I answered the call to serve Texas after Harvey impacted the state. On September 5, I deployed on Operation Hard Hustle. Soon after my boots hit the ground in Dallas, I got news my hometown was under a state of emergency because of Hurricane Irma. We were told to prepare. I could only do so much, being so far away. My home sits in a flood zone, so there was a good chance my dog would be left alone in high and dangerous water.

Not knowing what to do, I contacted my TRibe in North Carolina. Thankfully, they quickly sprung into action. One fellow Greyshirt drove two hours to pick my labrador up. Another took him to a safe home that belonged to another TR member. Their generosity didn’t stop there though. They even dug a drainage ditch in my yard to protect my house.

As a result of their loving kindness, I was able to stay and continue to serve the Texas communities. These acts of love are what make Team Rubicon different in the best way.

Rachel Stepp

Rachel is a volunteer with Team Rubicon who resides in North Carolina and works in behavioral health and counseling.