Stories of Hope: Food Brings Hope helps Georgia transplants who lose rental after storm

Soon after moving to Daytona Beach, the Tubbs family - Barry, Ashley and their five children - lost their rental home during Tropical Storm Ian. Food Brings Hope secured housing for the family through a donation.
Soon after moving to Daytona Beach, the Tubbs family - Barry, Ashley and their five children - lost their rental home during Tropical Storm Ian. Food Brings Hope secured housing for the family through a donation.

Ashley and Barry Tubbs, with their five children, moved to Florida from Georgia about a year and a half ago looking for new opportunities. Barry is originally from Oklahoma and Ashley is from a small town in Georgia. Shortly after moving to Daytona Beach, Tropical Storm Ian hit and flooded their rental home. With five children, the transition from moving from one state to another and facing a natural disaster was very hard.

“I don’t think a lot of people know the difficulties of the rebuilding process or to understand what we’ve been through. We were already tired before the storm because we’ve been working so hard to provide for our family,” Ashley said.

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When the Tubbs family arrived in Daytona Beach, Ashley started a job with AdventHealth as a non-certified patient care tech. As a new employee, Ashley was very worried about losing her job due to their displacement. After sharing her concerns with colleagues at the hospital, she was connected with the FBH Community for emergency relief services. AdventHealth administrators also made it clear that they are supportive of their employees during times of crisis.

“It was a blessing. We didn’t know what we were going to do and even considered going back to Georgia,” Ashley said.

Through the support of a generous donor, FBH Community received funding to support families affected by Tropical Storms Ian and Nicole. FBH Community secured a rental house for the Tubbs family by paying their security deposit, four months of rent and other fees, at a cost of $12,900, enabling their quick move into their new home so they can rebuild their lives. At the current high cost of rentals, it would have been impossible for Ashley and Barry to secure enough funding quickly.

“I thank them (AdventHealth) every day when I go to work. I had only been working for them for over a week when the hurricane happened, but they treated me like family and blessed us with this opportunity,” Ashley said.

Now living in a three-bedroom, two-bath residential home in Palm Coast, the Tubbs family has found peace in a safe and comfortable space where they can continue their lives.

“What you see now wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the FBH Community,” Ashley said. “We are grateful. To the donor, this is evidence that God is real. They didn’t have to do this, but they decided to bless families.”

The family’s next goal is to head toward homeownership.

“We want to be able to own a home instead of moving from one place to another and save our money,” Ashley said.

Ashley and Barry are proud parents of Miah (7), Braylon (5), Brysen (4), Kovyn (2), Chotkey (5 months) and two other children, ages 8 and 9, who are living with their grandmother in Georgia. They spent Thanksgiving Day in their new home and look forward to celebrating Christmas there, too. The family lost their Christmas tree due to the storm’s flooding but hope to get a new one for this holiday season.

As for the kids, the oldest, Miah, asked for an LOL dollhouse and dolls. Braylon wishes for a tablet or animal toys and Brycen would like farm animals or a monster truck. Kovyn enjoys playing with Hot Wheels trucks and would enjoy a Mickey Mouse blanket. For their 5-month-old, Chotkey, Ashley and Barry would like to have a playpen and clothing this Christmas.

Ashley hopes one day to pay it forward and give back to the community and to families who may experience similar circumstances.

About this series: The FBH Community’s mission is to foster community organizations that proactively work to eradicate the causes of generational poverty. FBH Community hosts programs such as Food Brings Hope’s KidsZone, TeenZone, FBHonors and Change the Code, Pierson Family Literacy, Homes Bring Hope and the FBH Prosperity Initiative help hardworking families struggling with hunger, housing insecurity, underemployment, and low levels of literacy. Overhead is covered by the Hosseini Family Foundation, so 100% of donations go directly to the programs and families. Throughout the holidays, The News-Journal is highlighting the organization by publishing the stories of some of its young participants. To donate to the organization, or to brighten the holidays by donating a gift to a child, email info@foodbringshope.org.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Food Brings Hope helps family whose rental flooded secure new housing