LA GRANGE, Texas — It's been 481 days since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas. Days that people in La Grange have spent cleaning up.
They’ve been working to rebuild after flood waters destroyed hundreds of homes, and left hundreds of families with nowhere to live.
With dozens of people still needing help, there’s still more work to do.
"Come on in,” said Sarah Barksdale.
Barksdale and her three kids just moved into their new home last week.
"So this is it, this is my little house,” said Barksdale as she gave KVUE a tour.
It’s a home that she's been hoping for for years.
"I had flooding in my kitchen and living room,” said Barksdale.
But after Hurricane Harvey flood waters rushed into her home, it was a necessity.
"I'm just so happy and thankful,” said Barksdale.
"There's so much more building that needs to be done,” said Leonard Leffler, the president of the Fayette County Habitat for Humanity.
He said they finished Barksdale’s home and are almost done with two more, but he said they need money to buy more land and build more homes.
"We're in what we call an emergency crisis,” said Leffler.
This week they're launching a new matching program.
"Man, this could not come at a better time,” said Leffler.
With money from an anonymous donor, they'll match every donation from the community dollar for dollar up to $20,000. But they hope they'll get even more.
"It doesn't matter if it's $5, $10, $20, or somebody wants to do five or 10,000, it all helps the campaign,” said Mike Olle, the vice president of business development at Fayette Savers Bank.
While the bank isn’t the anonymous donor, it is a spot where you can donate to the fund.
“It's people just trying to rebound from what they lost,” said Olle.
“This is a great stepping stone for us to keep moving forward within the community,” said Leffler.
A move forward, that will still take time.
Leffler expects that they'll build houses here for flood victims for the next four or five years.
"That way they can finally have a place they can call home again,” said Leffler.
It’s a home made possible by donations, but to families like Barksdale and her kids, it’s priceless.
"I'm just grateful, I don't even know what words to say. It's truly a blessing,” said Barksdale.
“Every month to me that a family is out of a home, that's just a month too long,” said Leffler.
Leffler said they also need volunteers. You can sign up here.