Katrina Evacuee from Slidell, LA looking for assistance in Beaumont, TX

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Vibe Ray, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    Hey guys. My name is Randy. I had a small lawn care business over in Slidell, LA. I had evacuated the day before the hurricane. I WAS smart enough to bring my equipment/trailer and a few valuables. I was fortunate to have a friend in Beaumont, TX take me in. But as you can guess, my business in Slidell has dissappeared and will not be back for quite some time. They are predicting it will take maybe 10-12 weeks before power is restored. And no one will have enough money to even think about lawn care. So I was hoping maybe someone might be able to help me get my foot in the door in Beaumont, TX where I'm staying and hopefully start making some money so I can get on my feet again and not have to stay at my friends house, etc. I plan on staying here due to the circumstances. I have already picked up 2 clients, but could really use some help IF anyone knows how they can. Just a shot in the dark, you know. Thank you in advance....
  2. MBDiagMan

    MBDiagMan LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    I'm sorry that I'm not in the Beaumont area to help you in some way. Unfortunately I am about 300 miles North of you.

    I would like to say to you, however, that I have massive respect for you and your attitude. There are too many people that just expect the government to take care of them. You thought ahead and brought your equipment and your willingness to work and take care of yourself.

    I feel deeply for everyone that has been displaced, but folks like you are what made this country. Folks like you are what REAL Americans are like. I'm not a betting man, but if I were, I would place a pretty high stakes bet on your being successful. It's all in the attitude.

    Very best of luck and may God bless,
  3. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    I am glad you planed for the worse. Bringing your equipment was the best thing you could have done. Since you have a 44". Ask some of the larger companies if you could do sub work on tiny lawns. Might not be much, but enough to cover the bills.
  4. grasswhacker

    grasswhacker LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,873

    Good man. Glad you are safe and I'm sure your efforts will bare fruit.
    I hope LCOs in Beaumont will help someone willing to work after such a loss. Best to you.
  5. TWUllc

    TWUllc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    God bless you man. Wish I could help. Hope all works out for you. Best of luck.
  6. Up North

    Up North LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MN
    Messages: 1,063

    Vibe Ray,
    Hope all your family is safe and sound as well. Kudos to you for packing up and getting out of there before hell broke loose. I don't have much more to offer then what the other guys already said, but just wanted to let you know that us northerners are thinking about all the folks down there. Thoughts and prayers go out to you all and hope things start looking up soon.

  7. Vibe Ray

    Vibe Ray LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 785

    So who's the best dealer around? I've seen a few, but who is the most capable and helpful and reliable, etc.? Preferably one that deals eXmarks....
  8. stumper1620

    stumper1620 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,889

    Ditto this.
    I agree with itsgottabegreen, check the local big boys, they may be willing to pass off a couple each to help ya out, I can't help but be amazed by the out pouring of help Texas has been, Thank god they had their ducks in a row or this would have been a lot worse than it is.
    I'm a little too far away to know any dealers around there LOL
    check in and let us know how this is going.

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