APRO Gives Back: Julio Gonzalez and Hurricane Irma

Julio Gonzalez, an employee in the rent-to-own industry and a recipient of aid from the RTO Employee Disaster Relief Fund

Meet Julio Gonzalez, an employee in the rent-to-own industry and a recipient of aid from the RTO Employee Disaster Relief Fund. Gonzalez and his family remained in their home in Miami while most of south Florida evacuated as Hurricane Irma hit the Sunshine State on September 10.

“Irma was a very scary storm—I was terrified for my family,” says Gonzalez. “The winds were extremely powerful and caused most of the damage. The wood fence that surrounds our house collapsed on both sides and tiles from our roof were flying off by the dozen.”

Hurricane Irma was the most intense Atlantic hurricane to strike the United States since Katrina in 2005, and the first major hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Wilma in 2005. Gonzalez and his family were left for six days without power. “The aftermath of Irma was not easy.” Gonzalez says. “I don’t miss the cold meals and cold showers. I feel very fortunate that my family went unharmed and thanks to the Disaster Relief Fund we can rebuild. Thank you for taking care of my family during this situation.”

Join APRO in by giving back by donating to the RTO Employee Disaster Relief Fund. Click here to donate online, or contact us at 800/204-2776, ext. 111