Our HQ and the people who make it all possible
Immediately following the storm, our teams fought tooth and nail for a safe dry place to sleep at night. This was a necessity to accomplish the mission of immediate relief and they got the job done. We soon realized that we would be staying for the long term and would need a more permanent solution. This is when Parish and his folks stepped up and graciously offered the Elemental Eco Retreat as a running HQ for our teams.
Nestled in the mountains on the edge of El Yunque, Elemental is truly a special place. With views of the rainforest, ocean, and mountains you cannot beat it. With a house for each element, Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water and the soon-to-be-constructed Earthship, it truly is an eco retreat. You feel like you’re part of the island when you are staying with them.
This was and continues to be a perfect fit for the OpenWorld Relief team. We get to improve a local business while maintaining a presence on the island and, in addition, Elemental will be the location of the first Airbnb-style Earthship on the island. Finally, the location in Rio Grande allows easy access to San Juan and has allowed us to network through UPR for MDs, RNs, PAs and other medical professionals. This amazing location ties all of the OpenWorld missions together while at the same time allowing our Voluntour team experiences on the island that will last a lifetime.
As Executive Director of OpenWorld Relief, I want to directly thank these amazing individuals for becoming part of the OWR Family and for all of the love, support, and dedication for us and for the people of Puerto Rico!