A fifth update from our CEO and Founder, Lynne Katzmann, on Hurricane Irma:
What a difference a day makes! The skies in southwest Florida are blue again and moods are decidedly more upbeat!
Just before dusk yesterday the team from Cape Coral boarded buses to return home to Juniper Village at Cape Coral. While we were incredibly thankful to Lee County and the special needs shelter, everyone was happy to get back. Dinner was served in the dining room—a real taste of normalcy.
While back at home and thankfully with running water and working toilets, the power remains off at Cape Coral. The building is hot as the generator powers only essential services. Our neighbors around the building have power so we are hopeful that we will be next!
So things are looking up but there is still a ways to go; the Naples team remains at Autumn Leaves. The building sustained little damage but there is no power or running water. Fallen tree limbs cover the roadway to the building. We expect to have them cleared later today thanks to assistance from some great family members. Autumn Leaves has graciously agreed to house us for another couple of days until these basic services are restored.
Our Associates and their helpers from the home office and northern sister communities have really gone above and beyond. They have given new meaning to being a Juniper Giraffe!