Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez and Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. Help Restore Family Home Five Years After Hurricane Wilma

Augtust 30, 2010

Commissioner Francis Suarez and volunteers adding finishing touches to hurricane damaged home.
(Photo credit: Jorge Perez, City of Miami)

Commissioner Francis Suarez comforts homeowner Maria Castello during the rebuilding of her home. (Photo credit: Jorge Perez, City of Miami)

City of Miami Commissioner Francis Suarez joined homeowners Carlos and Maria Castello and representatives from Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc. along with Wells Fargo for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event took place at the newly restored home on 515 SW 67th Avenue at 11:00a.m. on Saturday.

The Castellos lived with their three children in a four bedroom, one-bath home, until October of 2005 when Hurricane Wilma, the most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic basin made landfall in Florida as a category 3 storm. In the aftermath, the family’s property sustained severe interior and roof damage . The Castellos were able to partially mend the roof, however due to financial burdens the walls of two of the bedrooms remained destroyed.

Finally, help arrived in October of 2009, when Commissioner Suarez came upon the family while campaigning. He quickly contacted Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., a nonprofit organization which helps low income families repair their homes.

“It was one of the worst affected homes from the hurricane and it was one which I felt the family could not live in much longer,” said Commissioner Suarez.

After years of struggling and living in deplorable conditions, the family inaugurated their new and improved home on Saturday with volunteers from the University of Miami and Wells Fargo adding the finishing touches. Commissioner Suarez gave a special thanks to Rebuilding Together Miami-Dade, Inc., Wells Fargo, Building & Development Solutions and USA Tile & Marble for their outstanding efforts in restoring the family’s home.

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