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Andrews Family Makes a Fresh Start with Support from Red Cross

Andrews Family Makes a Fresh Start with Support from Red Cross
"I was sad to leave my home, but I was looking forward to moving on." — Suzan Andrews, mother of three who lost her home in Oso, Washington

Suzan Andrews, a mother of three, lived with her family in her childhood home along the Stillaguamish River. When the slide pushed the river over its banks, water rose to the eaves of the barn and flooded the family home. The Andrews quickly evacuated, and, for several months, they stayed nearby at the home of a close friend.

Unfortunately, potential flooding and landslide threats made it too risky for the family to return home. Over the last year, the Andrews family has been putting the pieces of their lives together again, a difficult and emotionally trying process. “I lost the home where I grew up, and my husband and I had to drive by the disaster site every time we went to work,” said Andrews.

Red Cross-supported disaster case managers from Catholic Community Services worked with the Andrews family and, along with other partners in the Long-Term Recovery Group, the Red Cross provided the financial resources for a down payment on a new home in Arlington. As the Andrews closed on their new home in September, they were thankful for a fresh start. “I was sad to leave my home, but I was looking forward to moving on,” said Andrews. “It’s bittersweet.”