Puerto Rico

The Need In Puerto Rico Is Still Great

Headwaters went to Puerto Rico as part of a team of first responders after Hurricane Maria in October 2017. There were no lights and no water in Puerto Rico at that time and in many parts of Puerto Rico for many months thereafter. During the initial trip to Puerto Rico, Headwaters met with local hospitals and government officials, providing assessments and recommendations. We also provided an orphanage for girls with a cash donation from generous Minnesotans who wanted to support the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The donation went towards rebuilding the roof of the orphanage.

Teamwork, Key Piece for Success

Headwaters was recognized for contributions to Puerto Rico’s recovery post hurricane Maria. The Medical Reserve Corp and the Department of Health of Puerto Rico presented Dr. Rebecca Thomley and Dr. Roshan Khatri an award for “Teamwork, Key Piece for Success”, April 2019.

Our Books

A second trip to Puerto Rico was made and included the introduction of Headwaters’ children’s book, The Savage Wind. The story assists children with processing their experiences with the hurricane. The book teaches and encourages coping techniques and builds resiliency in children and their communities. Teachers, caregivers and parents are provided with training and a caregiver guide to assist them with using the book with the children. We met and did training with the Health Department, FEMA, various government officials, university personnel as well as representatives of the local mental health facilities and the correctional system. The training included the The Office of Quality of Administration of Health Services and Against Addiction (ASSMCA) and the largest private service provider APS HEALTH.

Psychosocial Support

Volunteers provided psychosocial training to FEMA, the Department of Health and the Medical Reserve Corps. The group was also comprised of 46 participants strategically chosen from 21 different disciplines to represent the island geographically. Training included Psychological First Aid and how to use The Savage Wind children’s book with teachers, caregivers and parents. While we worked in Puerto Rico in September, Headwaters, with our partners TDB Builders, also assisted with re-building an elderly man’s home.

Let's Do This Together

Volunteer With Us

Whether you are on the ground or behind-the-scenes, by becoming a Headwaters volunteer you will be making a difference in the lives of people recovering from natural disasters. As a grassroots disaster relief organization, Headwaters welcomes people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to be a part of our team.


Disaster victims have varying degrees of options for self-recovery. Those with the fewest resources are often left without the emotional and physical means to rebuild and restart their lives. Financial contributions enable the most vulnerable victims of natural disasters rebuild their lives — from purchasing supplies for schools in Haiti to creating a book to help the children of the Philippines understand their feelings.

Partner With Us

Headwaters is seeking to find new strategic partners and ideas for fundraising and recruiting volunteers. It is the vision of our board that we convey the message to all businesses and persons, that Headwaters is founded on the premise that it is an organization that exists to provide an opportunity for people to give and volunteer and to have more direct and hands on involvement. Contact us to learn more about corporate partnerships.

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