In October of 2017, PRAB sought to respond to the string of natural disasters in Houston, Florida, Mexico, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean countries. Our response was two-fold:
- Partner with local individuals and organizations to raise funds and collect goods toward disaster relief.
- Bring together individuals and institutions from Greater New Brunswick to collectively engage in sustained relief and rebuilding efforts.
Over the first few months, several individuals and groups got together to explore how Greater New Brunswick could provide a sustained response to natural disasters, particularly in areas in which our local residents had ties. We raised money and went to Puerto Rico to provide immediate relief. We also developed linkages and procedures to coordinate relief efforts between Greater New Brunswick and those in local disaster areas.
In January 2018, the group named itself Juntos Together, for which PRAB serves as the coordinating nucleus of this long-term initiative.