Many of you know that I have family in Puerto Rico–mom, brother, and other extended family and you have been kind enough to ask me about their welfare. My mom and brother are physically safe. Through my mom, I have heard that my other family members are also safe. Emotionally and psychologically, my family and the people of Puerto Rico are suffering in ways that I have never seen in my 57 years of life. It breaks my heart to see through social media the devastation of the island. The desperation and stress levels continue to increase as the relief efforts and support begin to trickle in slowly. In the midst of this natural disaster, it is difficult for me to grasp exactly what I can do to help my family or assist my “neighbors” on the island.
Torres, José M., "Personal Reflections" (2017). Personal Reflections. 2.