“The Red Cross has been there for us and helped us so much,” said Shelly Tighe. “Thirty years ago, they helped our family when our apartment caught fire. Now, they’ve helped us again when we needed it. I don’t know what we would have done.”
|Shelly Tighe sits on a cot at the Red Cross|
shelter in Colorado Springs.
“It started small, but I didn’t realize it was going to be that bad,” Nicholas Tighe said. “It got bigger and bigger and then – boom! The window shattered. It was scary.”
Nicholas was hit by the hail that came through the window prior to it shattering the window, and after the window shattered the family was able to take shelter in the bathroom until it subsided. They put up a blanket in the window, but the next morning the hotel manager informed them that too much water damage had occurred for hotel guests to stay.
“I called the Red Cross and within 20-30 minutes the same woman I spoke to on the phone was there,” Shelly Tighe said. “Everything was set in motion from there.”
|MacKenzie Tighe, 16, makes her cot at the |
Red Cross shelter in Colorado Springs, Co on 7/26/16.
Shelly said while the move to Colorado was a huge risk for her family and she had difficulties finding medical care and long-term housing in Colorado Springs’s saturated rental market, she is thankful for the support of the Red Cross and looking forward to her family’s future in the Pikes Peak region.