“When something like that hits, it just causes total collapse,” he said.
Typically, Shepherd's Hill doesn't offer many handouts, Cariaga said. The group prefers to teach people a trade, he said. That encourages self-sufficiency rather than providing short-term help.
But after a disaster of this scale, the group has had to begin helping people in any way it can, he said. In some cases, that means providing for short-term needs, like shelter and food, in a way the group doesn't typically do, he said.
“We have to shift gears,” he said.
• Salvador Cariaga will speak at 5 p.m. Sunday at North MacArthur Church of Christ, 9300 N MacArthur Blvd.
• For more information about the organization, go to www.