International Door & Operator Industry

JAN-FEB 2018

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The McAlear Group Makes an impact in Houston We know the Houston community is in great need, and we wanted to do something - Nate Reid From Oct. 4 thru Oct. 9, 2017, vol- unteers from The McAlear Group, parent company of Service Spring Corp (Maumee, OH) and Drainca- bles Direct (Millbury, OH), traveled to Houston, Texas to assist in clean- up efforts after Hurricane Harvey. "We know the Houston community is in great need, and we wanted to do something. As a company of giv- ing, we want to physically show up for people and make a difference," said Nate Reid, Director of Corpo- rate Social Responsibility for The McAlear Group. Reid organized the trip through Ex- perience Mission, an organization specializing in planning domestic and international mission experi- ences and aiding in disaster relief, for himself and five fellow team members from Service Spring and Draincables Direct. The goal of Experience Mission is to help get people back on their feet by partnering with local fami- lies, churches, other organizations and companies, like The McAlear Group, wanting to help. "It was incredible to walk and drive around the city of Houston and the outskirts, just because the devas - tation was so huge," said Yonathan Moya, Regional Coordinator for Ex - perience Mission. "In a disaster the size of Hurricane Harvey, and the flooding that hap- pened, I think it is hard to under- stand the scope of how much need there is, and it's hard to know where to start," Moya added. Committed to making a difference, The McAlear Group was eager to help in the restoration and clean-up process. They were put in touch with the Ibarra family, whose home sustained substantial flood damage making their home unlivable. "It had been raining here for about three days nonstop. It would be really hard at times and then it was very light. We really didn't think flooding was a possibility, just because it wasn't a hard rain," said Sara Ibarra, Houston Texas homeowner. In the early morning hours of Sunday Aug. 27, Ibarra woke her husband, Juan Ibarra and told him water was beginning to enter their home. At that time, the water was ankle deep, by 2:45am, water was above knee level inside the home. Ibarra was taken up to the attic with her six-year-old nephew, while her son and husband, went to the roof to try and attract the attention of rescue helicopters and boats in the area. It was 12-hours later when rescue teams were able to get to the Ibarra's. The water was chin high at this point. Paul McManus (SSC), Chris Bagrowski (SSC), Juan Ibarra (Homeowner), Dave Bazin (Experience Mission), Andrew Martinez (Draincables Direct), Monica Chavez (SSC), Nate Reid (The McAlear Group), Madison Kintigh (Experience Mission) and Rae Pobst (The McAlear Group). " "

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