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Blinds.com Helps Provide Relief to Local Resident Impacted by Hurricane Ike

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Many Houston area residents were impacted by Hurricane Ike. In this local news story local support from companies such as Blinds.com have helped to provide relief to those in the communityl.

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Many Houston area residents were impacted by Hurricane Ike. In this local news story local support from companies such as Blinds.com have helped to provide relief to those in the communityl.

Now Hurricane Ike wiped out hundreds of homes and businesses causing nearly 30 billion dollars in damage in this country. Well nearly two years later, most families and business have bounced back. But one woman in LaPort still struggling to get help, thought she had exhausted every resource. Then she asked Amy. Tonight, KPRC Local 2 Investigative reporter Amy Davis called on local business to get this local to get this one forgotten woman, finally, back on her feet. For 85, Bernice Benevidez gets around. Perfectly content in this LaPort trailer park in an RV she's called home for 12 years. "And I love it." Why do you like it so much? "Well if you can't walk, you dont have far to go! I can reach just about anything I need. And as long as i can keep my medical equipment dry, I'm okay." But keeping anything dry in this trailer is tough, since a tree fell on it during Hurricane Ike. With no means to repair the roof, Benevidez has learned to live with it. Catching rain water in these plastic pans and dumping them. But its not a long term fix. Benevidez called everyone she knew to ask for help to make repairs. Everyone said no. "Texas Consumer complaint center." Until finally Benevidez called the Hurricane Assistance Center at the University of Houston. "She didn't have a legal issue, that was the problem. There was nothing we could do for her, we handle legal issues." But paralegal Judy Foster tried anyway. "And its very sad to have to tell someone, I can't help you, and just hang up on them." FEMA said it couldn't help Mrs. Benevidez because her home is actually on wheels. ANother social service agency said it could only help her if she owned the property where her RV sits. "For one reason or another, she did not quite meet the criteria." "I was hoping you could get a response that I couldn't get." After a few weeks and a lot of phone calls, we got one. How's this for response? "Oh my gracious!" A local nonprofit anonymously donated this 32 foot travel trailer. "So does it look like its in a little bit better shape..?" "Yes!" "Well its yours, you can walk over and check it out!" "Oh, thank you, thank you!" Friendswood relator John Martin helped buy the trailer at a FEMA auction and then hauled it here. "My house had a lot of damage, and you know, i had the means and insurance to be able to recover from it. So anything i could o to help something like that, i felt like it was my part." "Oh my goodness" Blinds.com donated linens and towels to make her new house a home. "We want to make sure we take care of our community and make sure we're doing all the right things." And since Benevidez couldn't move her scooter shed to her new lot, Tough Shed built her a brand new one. "We're gonna build one big enough to hold her scooter as well as some other items she may want to put in there, it'll certainly protect it from the elements for years and years." So many people to thank. "I'm so grateful. I've tried for two years to get help and no one would help me." So mant prayers answered in one day. "Thank you so much. God Bless you all." And there's one more business to thank. C and D RV sales and service helped Mrs. Benevidez connect the gas in her new RV. Today she told me when it rains she jumps up looking for buckets out of habit, but she hasn't needed one yet in the new place. Ify ou ahve something you'd like to ask me, call the Investigates Tipline at 713-223-TIPS. You can also email your questions to local2investigates@click2houston.com and on the Ask Amy Blog, how to keep your personal information out of public directories online. I'm Amy Davis. KRPC Local 2.