A 22-year-old Texas resident, who’s been raising his brother since their parent’s passed away, was just gifted a new home renovation from a nonprofit.
Jaylan Grey and his little brother Julian, of Katy, Texas, have had a rough few years adjusting to life after their parent’s and grandfather’s passing.
Jaylan keeps his brother in check, fulfilling his promise to his mother of taking care of her son.
The pair have had their home destroyed in the 2017 Hurricane Harvey, as well as winter storms.
“At one point, I was just done with the house. I was ready to sell it at one point. It was too much weight on my shoulders. I couldn’t do it,” Jaylan recalled.
While life is tough for the brother’s, the Texas community stepped in to help them ease into this new normal.
Katy Responds, created in 2018, is a Texas based organization that helps families after disasters, and after contacting the brothers, an arrangement was made to renovate their home with the help of some handy, kindhearted volunteers.
“There’s just no way they could’ve lived in it and probably would’ve never fixed it,” Katy Responds Executive Director Ron Peters said.
3 months went into the home, and Lakehill Church assisted in furnishing the new and improved house.
“I want you to have a safe place to live. I want you to be able to not worry about your home, for a few years,” said Peters. “This is what we do. It’s hard work. It’s non-profit work, but it’s why we do it is for those guys.”
Soon after the hard work was finished, the brothers were pictured in footage released online on the brink of tears, grateful for what the community had done for them.
“I love it,” Jaylan told KPRC. “I’m speechless, way more than we asked for. Completely grateful.”
All of the work put into the home for these grateful brothers was done by the community and the people within it, wearing their hearts on their sleeves, Katy Responds made the brother’s dream a reality.
“It makes me so happy to see that there’s good people,” Julian said. “I just like the way we’ve been treated. I didn’t think anything good would happen.”
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