Hurricane Harvey: Twice Victimized
Right Choices was twice victimized while Hurricane Harvey made its move in and out of the Houston Area. When Hurricane Harvey began its destructive move on Houston, Texas, so did the criminal element. Right Choices Inc. a nonprofit in the past has survived Tropical Storm Allison, Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike with no property damage. Like others in the area Right Choices Inc received it’s share property damage during Hurricane Harvey. There was minimal damage to Right Choices Inc building. The nonprofit’s 2001 Astro Van and 1994 Lincoln Towncar will need repairs.
Right Choices Inc. building was looted. Thieves got away with nearly $4000.00 worth of equipment that was used for our music recording program. Things such as Apple IMac computers, studio monitors, microphones, external hard drives and Pro Tools equipment and software were taken. In 20 years of existence Right Choices Inc. has never been a victim of crime. That was the second Right Choices Inc. was victimized.
Right Choices Inc. carried only liability insurance on the two vehicles because of their age. There was no insurance on the building or its contents. There were surveillance cameras but they were out due to electrical outages in the area. A report was made with the Houston Police Department in hopes of the property being recovered, but that is very highly unlikely. These two incidents are an extreme hard hit to Right Choices Inc. and recovering and rebuilding will be difficult.
Normally this time of the year Right Choices Inc. like to help 5-10 young men in high school by purchasing their school clothing or uniforms and supplies. Right Choices Inc. was able to help two young men four days before Hurricane Harvey and by scraping up enough resources to help another young man on September 10, 2017. Right Choices Inc. is a small organization with very limited resources but has managed to remain in existence for 20 years with an all non-paid volunteer staff, small money donations and in-kind gift donations. These two incidents have knocked Right Choices Inc. to it’s very core, the hope is that Right Choices Inc. will survive.
This is a call to action to all, Right Choices Inc. needs your help if is to survive and continue to serve its’ customers. A fundraising campaign to raise $20000.00 has begun. The money raised would be used to make the necessary repairs to the building, replace the equipment that was taken, repair the organization’s vehicles and upgrade the security system. Since, Hurricane Harvey there have been scams and more will surface after Hurricane Irma does it dirty deeds, but be assured Right Choices Inc.is very transparent about its fundraising campaign. You can learn more about Right Choices Inc. at guidestar.org and/or its website rightchoicesinc.org.