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San Antonio Community of the Month

Legacy Trails Cell-3 Homeowners Association, Inc.
Legacy Trails Cell-3 Homeowners Association, Inc.

In addition to frigid temperatures and snow as far as the eye could see in San Antonio, Winter Storm Uri brought on massive outages of water and power. This caused many places with no heat and broken and/or leaking pipes.

The Retreat at Legacy Trails is a loving community, tucked away in the Westside of San Antonio Texas.  Normally green and lush, the community was covered with ice and snow.  With a caring and attentive set of volunteers, the Board of Directors and the Amenities Center teams came to the rescue when homeowners experienced burst pipes. With the quick thinking of Board President Ralph Urias, contact was made to the Amenity Center Board to get permission for homeowners to use pool water temporarily, to help keep toilets flushed in homes where burst pipes had cut off the water supply.   When a gate went down, the Board immediately reached out for help, and even tried to right the gate themselves in the meantime. While the gate company did have to be called, the gate was fixed by Monday afternoon due to their quick thinking. 

Retreat at Legacy Trails is already a beautiful community close to the fun of Sea World and a short drive to downtown San Antonio, but with a fast-thinking Board that truly cares about their neighbors, this association has once again proven what a great place it is to live in, even during hard times.

Houston Community of the Month

Atascocita Trails Homeowners Association
Atascocita Trails Homeowners Association

In February, Texas found itself in the midst of an unprecedented winter storm that brought freezing temperatures for almost a week. Overnight temperatures reached the low teens in the Houston area with other parts of the state hitting single digits. While snow and ice are common in the panhandle area, those in central and south Texas found themselves in unfamiliar territory. Widespread sustained power outages impacted most of Texas and many residents who were lucky enough to escape frozen or burst pipes and still have running water were under boil notices for many days. Those without electricity could not heat their homes, cook, or keep refrigerators and freezers running. Homes flooded by burst pipes needed to be cleaned out and plumbing repairs made before water could be turned back on to the home. Most of us in the Houston area are prepared to battle hurricanes but found that winter storms are much different and many people found themselves in dire straits.

Adversity can bring out the worst in some people but the residents of Atascocita Trails banded together and showed their community spirit in an impressive way. Electrical outages impacted different parts of the community at different times and some homes escaped pipe damage. The Board of Directors opened up the community clubhouse on 2 days as a warming and electrical charging station. This also provided an opportunity to catch up with neighbors and meet new friends. Social media pages for the community were flooded with offers to help those in need and share information. Many people opened their homes to those without power or water to come and warm-up, shower, and charge phones. Hot meals were cooked and distributed at no cost by many generous residents. Those that needed help cleaning out water-damaged debris found perfect strangers showing up at their doorstep ready to help. Plumbing repairs were made by residents with the skills and knowledge to help. Residents readily shared candles, batteries, blankets, towels, cleaning supplies, and more. They didn’t forget pets and made sure that a warm place or pet food was available. Some even set up shelters for stray cats and dogs.   

Once power was restored to the area many needed food and supplies. Information on what stores had staples such as milk, bread, and meat was shared and many offered to pick up items for those that couldn’t get themselves. Continued offers to help with home repairs and share water resources came in. Those with home repair supplies readily offered them to anyone in need.  

The spirit of neighbors helping neighbors extended far past just freeze-related needs. One young resident left his bike near the curb while playing in the backyard with friends. When the 7-year-old came back, he was broken-hearted to find that his bike was no longer there. His mother, Nicole Owens, reached out on social media to see if anyone had any information on where it might have gone. Another resident, Nicole Ortego Bullard, quickly offered up a nearly new bike her son was no longer using for free. The smile on the little boy’s face is priceless and was made possible by the generous and giving spirit of Atascocita Trails residents.

In the midst of unprecedented times and disaster, the Board and residents of Atascocita Trails rallied to support each other and came together as a community. Resources were limited and all residents were impacted in some way but that did not hinder the generosity shown by these amazing community members.  

Community of the Month – Features Past

There are some great stories, some wonderful programs, some fantastic people to meet in these features, enjoy our past Community of the Month features.

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May 2020   Aliana Homeowners Association
October 2020   Artesian Lakes Community Association
January 2021   BGR Property Owners Association
March 2020   Bridlewood Estates Property Owners Association
September 2020   Cinco Ranch Residential Association II
February 2021   Cross Creek Ranch Community Association
November 2020   Deer Hollow Homeowners Association, Inc.
February 2020   Hidden Arbor Community Association
June 2020   Indian Shores Property Owners Association
January 2021   Plantation at Woodforest Community Association
July 2020   Sunrise Pines Homeowners Association, Inc.
December 2020   Telfair Commercial Association
February 2021   The Summit Mutual Amenities Association, Inc.
August 2020   Valley Lodge Property Owners Association
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