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After Hurricane Ida damaged her home, Kat’s colleagues helped her rebuild

Kat Chavez, a senior product analyst and mother of two, has been part of the HCA Healthcare family for fifteen years. She lives near New Orleans, and learned about the Hope Fund nearly a decade ago when she received assistance after a hurricane caused damage to her home.

“Ever since then, I’ve been giving back to the Hope Fund,” she said. “I can’t describe the relief you feel getting help when you’re feeling helpless.”

Unfortunately, Kat’s home sustained damage again last fall when Hurricane Ida toppled a large tree which crashed through her roof. “I knew right away I was going to need help,” she said.

Insurance provided Kat only about one-fifth of the funds it would take to repair the roof. She turned to the Hope Fund and received much needed assistance.

She has immense gratitude for her colleagues who contribute to the Hope Fund. “I know money is tight for a lot of people,” she said, “and I am extremely grateful.”

She also encourages her colleagues to reach out to the Hope Fund when they experience a hardship and need help. “That is what it is there for,” Kat said. “It is what we do. We give to the Hope Fund because we want to help each other.”

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