Evacuated from her southwest Cedar Rapids home, Tasha and her three sons, Marcus, Gabriel, and Cameron found shelter and comfort at the American Red Cross emergency shelter at Cedar Hills Community Church. While she is thankful for a safe place to stay for a few days, she is eager to return home.
She moved in to her current home on September 2, just 24 days before she received flood evacuation orders. Tasha never anticipated to leave so soon after moving in, especially after everything her family has endured.
Tasha is no stranger to the Red Cross. In 2004, she and her family survived a home fire. As a fire began to smolder, bedding in one of the bedrooms ignited the home. Thankfully, everyone got out safely. The family home however, was destroyed. Red Cross disaster volunteers responded and met her at the scene of the fire; they provided the family with temporary housing in a nearby hotel. The assistance the Red Cross provided helped with immediate needs and volunteers connected the family with other resources available in the community.
In 2015, Tasha became familiar yet again with Red Cross services. A bird nest built by an exterior light, started a fire. The family home was again destroyed. Like the first incident, the Red Cross came forward to help with temporary shelter and financial help so she could get back on her feet.
Now, in 2016 Tasha and her family are looking forward to normalcy once more. The Red Cross shelter is temporary and safe, but she is anxious to return home, to work, and to getting her boys back to school.
“I’m very thankful for everything the Red Cross has done to help me and my family,” Tasha said. “Sometimes bad things happen to good people. We’ll get through this.”