Juan Rodriguez and his wife were among those working to repair their home as the summer months wore on.
Then Hurricane Irene brought high winds again to the Triangle. A limb from a tree beside the Rodriguezes' house came crashing through the roof.
Rodriguez and his wife welcomed the arrival of a son, a ray of hope amid the hardship, but then came another blow.
Rodriguez was repainting his home when a faulty heating systems sparked a fire.
"I went and got that hose and started to throw water," he said, "but it started to grow more and more, so I went inside to get my wife out."
Al Magnacci, a Centro volunteer, said, "He was in the midst of painting the trailer when the baby came, and then the fire came, and it messed his trailer up. I gave him more paint, and he painted it again. You can see it looks pretty good."
The Rodriguezes have no insurance, and the smoke damage forced them out of their trailer.
They are relying on donations and volunteers from CIR and Catholic Charities of Raleigh. Six months after the tornadoes, both groups are still active in Stony Brook helping the community recover.
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