The Alaniz family received roofing and construction materials in June from the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) to make necessary repairs to their residence at 1926 Zamora Street.

The family was gathered volunteers to help with the renovations however, due to age of the home and its foundation the family was told the roofing material provided to her was not suitable for the roof, said Irma Alaniz, homeowner.

According to Irma Alaniz, the home suffered damages to the bathroom and roof caused by the May and June 2015 storms. The home had damage to the bathroom and the roof.

Instead of keeping the materials, Alaniz called Kimberly White a Disaster Case Manager fro CBDRG. Alaniz returned all the roofing materials and leftover material from the bathroom work back to the CBDRG.

“Just because we can't use the material doesn't mean that someone else can't use the materials to fix their home,” Alaniz stated.

According to Donna Rosson with the CBDRG, Alaniz was given 16 asphalt roll roofing material that would give the family a new roof. Initially Alaniz's family received sheetrock, dry wall and roofing materials; they gave back the 16 roll roofing, a box of nails and leftover tile that was used in the bathroom.

“All cases are different,” said White. “The materials being returned are going straight to another family in Robstown that can use it.”

“Funds are limited but we are trying to help families in Nueces and Jim Wells County,” she stated. “There are 87 cases still open.”

The CBDRG's purpose is to make the families and their homes safe, sanitary and secure for them to reside in, Rosson stated.

CBDRG is a nonprofit organization created after the floods to assist in federally declared disasters.

The floods and rain storms in 2015 left many Jim Wells County residents with leaky damaged roofs and foundation problems, White stated.

The organization is in need of volunteers especially, licensed electricians for wiring and people who can do roofing, put up sheetrock and flooring.

To volunteer call 361-596-3741, 361-668-4763 or visit www. Coastalbendcan.org.