In Everglades City, Florida, there is an inn called The Ivey House, which has been the Harraden family business since 1979.
Recently, Hurricane Irma destroyed their home, the employee homes, the Ivey House Cottage, and the historical Ivey House Lodge. The only thing left is the Ivey House Inn. Fortunately, all of their employees evacuated, and are safe.
But, almost everything is destroyed and they need your financial assistance to help them rebuild. The insurance may help some, but with updated building codes, the costs are much higher than what they were expecting.
They have never been this desperate and have never asked for financial assistance before. In past hurricanes, they were able to fix damages on their own with some FEMA assistance. All we ask is to please forward this to your organizations and churches for them, and help them rebuild. Their priorities are to get the Ivey House running, and to purchase temporary living trailers for them and their employees. Donations are a necessity right now in order for this to happen. Any amount would be appreciated. THANK YOU!!
Here's a piece of their history...
In 1979, David Harraden, originally from Connecticut, began renting out canoes in Everglades City. He built his business from nothing, and added equipment and employees each year.
In 1989, David opened the Ivey House Lodge, originally a historic boarding house for the workers who built the Tamiami Trail in the 1920s. His sons worked with him, and it was a successful family business. By adding the Lodge, they provided housing to the public who wished to explore the Everglades National Park.
In 1990, Sandee rented a canoe from David, and left California to work with the Harraden family business. Together, the family added kayaks and employees to grow the business.
In 1992, Hurricane Andrew did some damage, but it mainly hit the east coast of Florida. They cleaned up the mud and recovered.
In 2000, David and Sandee completed a major expansion, creating the Ivey House Inn. They designed 18 spacious rooms around a beautiful screened courtyard with a waterfall and pool.
In 2004, Hurricane Charley did some damage to the buildings and again they cleaned up the mud, repaired the buildings and continued providing lodging and eco-tours to those who wished to explore the Everglades.
In 2005, the eye of Hurricane Wilma went right over Everglades City, and the buildings sustained some minor damage, but the city was covered with mud. They again cleaned up the mess and continued providing lodging and services to adventuresome tourists.
In 2017, last week, Hurricane Irma destroyed almost everything they built up for the last 38 years. The new Ivey House Inn remains and they will try to continue providing lodging and services for those who wish to explore the Everglades.