Mission 500 Service Trip Supports Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rican Families

The work in Ponce — a large city on Puerto Rico’s southern coast — marked Mission 500’s third service trip to assist families in need.

Mission 500 Service Trip Supports Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rican Families

Above, security professionals who took part in Mission 500's service trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico, along with family members who live at home where repairs took place. For a complete list of names and company affiliations, see below.

MIAMI — Mission 500 recently hosted a service trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico, where security industry professionals volunteered to repair the homes of two families still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria after the Category 4 storm hit the island in September 2017.

Hurricane Maria caused $92 billion in damage, leaving millions of families without everyday necessities. Volunteers spent several days repairing roofs, siding and plumbing; installing new windows; and removing trees capable of causing additional damage to the affected structures.

Additionally, Mission 500 volunteers bought food, supplies and toys for the children, according to an announcement.

“Our team of Mission 500 volunteers, including several of our children were able to not only improve the living conditions of these two families, we also helped to restore their sense of dignity with a little happiness and hope for a brighter future,” says Alan Forman, president of Altronix Corp.

The work in Ponce — a large city on Puerto Rico’s southern coast — marked Mission 500’s third service trip, which aim to help families in the United States and abroad, explains George Fletcher, advisory board member and Mission 500 volunteer.

“In providing assistance to people in crisis, Mission 500 continues to bring together the growing community of security industry professionals who are looking to give back and make a difference,” Fletcher says.

The service trip to Ponce took place Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 and raised $12,000, which was used to provide two families with extensive home renovations.

Mission 500 extends a big thank you to the individuals who donated their time, financial support and gifts to ensure the success of this trip, as well as to corporate sponsors including: Aiphone, Altronix Corp., Axis Communications, Brinks Home Security, Electronic Security Association (ESA), Hikvision USA, Milestone Systems and Synetics Global.

Pictured above, left to right: 

First row – Phillippe Forman, Kyle Fletcher, boys who live in the home; second row – Gwynn Turner, Stephanie Lutz (Wesco), George Fletcher (Mission 500), Guillermo (site foreman), Daniel Plaza (Aiphone), Jackie Pruter (Brinks Home Security), Matt Rios (Axis Communications), women who live in home; third row – Sarahi Sanpedro (Brinks Home Security), Jason Lutz (Residio), Alan Forman (Altronix), Mariane Chew (Hikvision), Martha Entwistle (Hikvision), Shane Nikov (Hikvision), Rick Bunnell (Schneider Electric, retired), Nick Pintaro (Axis Communications), Patrick Cooke (Milestone Systems) Brian Hayes (Milestone Systems), Stephanie Mayes (Synetics Global), father of the house; fourth row – Roland Cruz (FE Puerto Rico), Tom Nolan (Mission 500), Eric Hattey (Brinks Home Security).

In the following video by Brinks Home Security, you can view the team of volunteers in action, plus hear a tearful mother as she gives thanks for their efforts.

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