Latin Market Communications sent out this press release about the hurricane relief efforts of Franklin landlord Omar Melo:
A new member of the Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is offering 20 units of his apartment building in Texas to Katrina survivors. Omar Melo, an active member of the Hispanic community is the owner of the 'Texas Apartments' in Terrell, Texas.
"I wanted to use these units for the evacuees but they weren't ready so the local community pitched in and made it happen. I actually live in Tennessee, the 'volunteer state,' so it seemed appropriate that I help out. I am a member of the Franklin Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in Tennesee. As a Hispanic community we care about our fellow citizens in Louisiana. It's important that we all pull together right now," says Melo.
Churches and charities from the area, including, First Assembly of God, First Hispanic Baptist Church, The Salvation Army, The United Way, and FEMA. Wanda Ranson, Volunteer Coordinator from the City of Terrell provided furniture, materials, supplies and up to 50 volunteers in the effort.
Katrina evacuees who are in need of homes should contact Texas Apartments (now called Spanish Meadows) at 972-551-1758 or Wanda Ransom at 469-474-9485. The apartment complex is located at 1001 Mineral Wells Road, Terrell, TX 75160.