Counseling is still available for tornado victims in North Carolina.
A crisis counseling program is standing by, and taking calls from people who continue to cope with the tragedy following last year's deadly outbreak.
The wounds are still tender for many.
“When it's windy, it gets really scary. With all those big trees, we get really scared,” said Juan Rodriguez.
Several families are still coping with the scare from last year when deadly tornadoes ripped through the area devastating much of North Carolina's landscape.
“It's been God's mercy. We've been lucky having so many people help us,” said Rodriguez.
Help and community outreach has been a saving grace for many.
“We always take care of our physical health, but their mental health is just as important,” said Steven Hairston from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
It's crisis counseling that's been vital for tornado victims.
“This is a tremendous help for some individuals. In some respects, it's been their only link for someone to listen to them,” Hairston said.
Within the first 60 days following the disaster, NC on the Road to Resilience helped about 30,000 people in storm ravaged areas. Now, one year later, they're still taking calls.
“Without these services it would be chaotic. Their lives would still be disrupted even a year after,” said Hairston.
They're rebuilding families from the ground up, and giving them the hope they need in a transition towards a new beginning.
“Right now we're doing so much better,” Rodriguez said.
The organization has set up a toll-free hotline: 866-279-6279, which is available seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to midnight.