Garcia doesn't have homeowner's insurance and lives on $1,170 a month in Social Security. She is grateful to have her dog and soon, her home, back.
“It's hard for me to believe,” Garcia said. “It's not me, it's Bowser. He's the rock star.”
Fischetti and Garcia have been in contact since just a few days after the tornado.
Operation Blessing poured the foundation for the new home July 7 and started laying bricks about a week later, Operation Blessing disaster relief director Jody Herrington-Gettys said.
Herrington-Gettys said Garcia's requests, including hardwood floors and laminate countertops, are being met.
Garcia lived in her two-story, 1,600-square-foot house for 40 years and raised children there.
The new home will be a wheelchair-accessible, 1,400-sqaure-foot, one-story.
While she waits for her home to be completed, Garcia's daughters are taking turns hosting her and Bowser.
Bowser follows her around as if he's afraid to lose her again. She can't even go to the bathroom by herself because Bowser will scratch at the door until Garcia lets him in. He's also been temperamental since the storm, only wanting to be around Garcia and snapping at other people.