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Arkansas Credit Union Employee Receives Disaster Relief Grant
Friday, September 26, 2014 7:00 AM

Disaster ReliefOn the evening of April 27, Brenda Wright and her husband had just settled in after putting her father's china, given as a gift, into a new china cabinet.  There were no warnings, no sirens.  After a few phone calls from family and friends alerting her to bad weather coming, Brenda decided it would be safe for her family to move to their newly built garage. 

Just minutes after they entered the garage, a tornado hit Brenda's house, tearing off half of the roof.  The tornado actually did less damage to her house than many other houses in her neighborhood.  Brenda's house was only four years old.

The next few days were a whirlwind with crews coming from all over the country to help clean up the aftermath of the storms.  Brenda's insurance company initially totaled her house.  They were able to put a tarp over the garage and move some salvageable things in, but even some of those items were ruined by the heat and rain of the summer. 

Disaster ReliefAfter hearing about the grants offered from the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, Brenda, who is a lending officer at United Arkansas FCU, applied for one.  Now fighting with the insurance company to rebuild instead of fixing the existing structure, Brenda said the help that the grant has given her has been amazing.  Not only has the grant helped with attorney fees, but it has assisted with buying necessities, such as shoes, clothes toiletries, and even the extra living expenses.  Her family was in a hotel for two weeks after the storms and eventually moved into her father's house after he moved to a retirement home in Mississippi. 

"The grant from the Foundation has helped where our insurance company should have," explained Brenda. "We feel very blessed to have been able to receive this money."