As previously posted, last February members of the Houston Chapter - Bob & Ruth Kleeman, Dick & Judy Horstman and Fr. Gerry Kelley MM - invited Affiliates from throughout the country to come to Brazoria, TX for a working retreat. In addition to the 5 Houston-based members 6 Affiliates from California, New York and Connecticut came together for the week. The work focus was on restoring the house (a mobile home) of Mrs. Sanchez. The house had been decimated by the extreme rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The retreat focus was on creating a reflective, caring community. That happened almost immediately. A wonderful experience which, hopefully, will be repeated in various ways throughout the Affiliate world. The house restoration took a bit longer and extended months beyond the week of our working retreat.
The photo above is what we saw when we first arrived at the mobile home in February. The following two photos were sent to us by Dick Horstman at the beginning of the week. Mrs. Sanchez must be elated.