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Oct 10, 2019

One Year Later

Greetings friends and supporters,

It feels like just yesterday that we began posting updates for this project on GlobalGiving. One year has passed since Hurricane Michael struck the coast of Florida with category 5 force winds, and one year since our team put their boots on the ground. The progress our team has made is tremendous - we are so proud of the sense of community they have built, and the hope they have spread to those still facing the long road to recovery ahead. We are grateful that you have stood by us, rooting for our staff and volunteers as they removed water and mold from homes in the earlier days, to now as they hand the keys back to families that can now safely and comfortably live in their homes again. 

Our teams have been working hard to finish as many homes as possible as we quickly approach the end of the program (December of this year). Beyond their residential work, our Florida team has had the great privilege to help the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County conduct critical repairs to one of their club sites. The CEO and his team have some truly incredible long-term plans for this location (which serves more than 100 kids every day), and though we are not able to join him next year as this work is implemented we are honored that we have been trusted to conduct repair work that will support their recovery goals.

I look forward to providing a comprehensive update after our program officially closes. It is difficult to find the words to describe the impact that you have helped make possible - we are forever grateful for your support.

Warmly yours,

The All Hands and Hearts Team

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Sep 6, 2019

Farewell, St. John

Greetings from All Hands and Hearts! 

It is hard to believe that we are already into the month of September, quickly approaching what will be the two year anniversary of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  Our USVI program changed so much since 2017, our teams completing impactful work that we have been so happy to share with you. Thank you for sticking with us from the beginning.

This quarterly report will be our last for this project, as our St. John program has officially come to a close. We invite you to follow our work as it continues in Puerto Rico (on this page), where AHAH will remain until March of 2020. 

To say we will miss the wonderful people of St. John is an understatement, and we feel fortunate to have stayed for a total of 18 months.  During this time our teams positively impacted 8,973 people, after completing 1,470 jobs. To celebrate, our teams joined community members for an evening together in Coral Bay to reflect on their time on the island and say their goodbyes to the home they had come to know and love. 

A few words from our Program Director: 

“As difficult as it will be to say goodbye, this experience is one that we will never forget.

As they say on the island.... everything's fine. Much love”.

On behalf of everyone at All Hands and Hearts, thank you! 

 

Sep 4, 2019

Winding down in North Carolina...

An amazing beneficiary - ready to return home!
An amazing beneficiary - ready to return home!

Greetings donors!

It’s been nearly one year since All Hands and hearts arrived in New Bern, North Carolina to support communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. With the program closing officially before the end of the month, we are ready to share one last report with you. 

Just because a program is set to wind down, doesn’t mean our staff will stop making training a point of focus on program! Staff members continue to host Tool Training sessions every week for volunteers to better prepare them for what they’ll face in the field. Whether the session is covering the best tool to use when cutting drywall, or how to mud a closet, the goal is to empower our volunteers to learn something new and take on a new challenge - all aligned with our commitment to producing high-quality work.

We are thrilled to report that our roofing pilot has officially finished! As mentioned in our last report, a substantial number of beneficiaries were waiting for roof repairs that would allow them to address water that had already made its way inside their home. Without these repairs, homeowners were at risk for an even longer waiting period and the further spread of mold inside their home. Our team is proud to report they completed work on 17 roofs, helping each of those families take one giant leap towards fully realized recovery. To celebrate the progress they make, our teams love to organize homeowner dinners. Homeowners are invited to join our team on base to share a meal and reflect on the progress made. It’s also a way for our teams to say thank you to community members for welcoming them so warmly. Though these numbers will grow a bit more before the end of the month, we are happy to share the following metrics - to date, our teams have:

  • Worked on 206 sites, 192 of which were homes
  • Completed 306 jobs
  • Positively impacted 589 people

As hurricane season begins, the team has run through several evacuation drills to ensure the safety of all staff and volunteers should a Hurricane hit the area. As we speak, teams are keeping a watchful eye on Hurricane Dorian as it approaches the Carolinas with the potential for heavy rainfall and floods. Though we are closing our Hurricane Florence project page here on GlobalGiving, we encourage you to continue following our efforts on our newly posted Dorian Response page. There, we will post updates as our response plan evolves.

Thank you so much for sticking with us during our time spent in North Carolina. We care a great deal about the communities where we were fortunate enough to serve, and we are grateful for the support from you that helped make it all possible.

Thank you from the entire All Hands and Hearts team!    

AHAH staff running an evacuation drill
AHAH staff running an evacuation drill
Volunteers hard at work in North Carolina
Volunteers hard at work in North Carolina

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