Feb 27, 2020

The Resilient Housing Initiative continues in 2020!

Hello up there!
Hello up there!

Progress continues in the Resilient Housing Initiative! In December of 2019 we had arrived at 30 homes rebuilt through this program, and we are proud to report that another home will be complete by the end of March! 

RHI is a collaboration between 3 nonprofit organizations (Love City Strong, the St. John Community Foundation, and the St. John Angel Network), 3 dedicated St. John-based construction companies, and dozens of St. John businesses across multiple sectors all working to rebuild homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Irma and Maria at low or no cost to the homeowner.

All of the homes being rebuilt by RHI belong to full-time St. John residents, with priority given to those who are a member of one or more of the following categories: Seniors, families with young children and infants, and individuals with a disability or chronic health condition.

Thank you to the many donors and supporters who have contributed to RHI through GlobalGiving or one of our other platforms. Our hope is to have 40 homes completed by the end of 2020, and your continuous generosity will be crucial to our success.

Another home is almost finished!
Another home is almost finished!
Dec 2, 2019

#GivingTuesday

This Tuesday, December 3 is known as Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. Over the years it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. This year, you can join the movement by supporting LCS and our Resilient Housing Initiative (RHI).

RHI is now the longest-running home rebuild program on St. John since Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck the island in 2017. It involves 4 nonprofit organizations, 3 dedicated St. John-based construction companies, and dozens of St. John businesses across multiple sectors all working towards a common goal: Bringing St. John residents home.

As of today, the program has rebuilt 27 homes, with 6 more currently under construction. All of the homes being rebuilt by RHI belong to full-time St. John residents, with priority given to those who are a member of one or more of the following categories: Seniors, families with young children and infants, pregnant women, residents with a disability or chronic health condition, and individuals with severe economic roadblocks preventing them from engaging in home rebuild. Our goal is to complete at least 40 homes by the end of 2020. 

One of the things that sets RHI apart from other home rebuild programs is that the cost to the homeowner is virtually nonexistent. This is all thanks to our generous donors and our partners in this program--None of this is possible without your support. This Giving Tuesday, please consider a donation to RHI. We believe in this program, and with your help we can continue to make a difference.

Nov 20, 2019

Give the gift of a home.

A home from our Oct. update nears completion.
A home from our Oct. update nears completion.

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate family and community, and an opportunity for reflection and gratitude. Thanksgiving also coincides with the end of Hurricane Season, which is a particularly significant time for St. John residents and visitors alike. In the two years since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, there have been countless examples of strength within our small community, and demonstrations of love and compassion from our many supporters. This holiday season we recognize the progress we have made, and affirm our commitment to contribute to helping the island rebuild. 

Today we would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to you for supporting Love City Strong. Since forming in 2017, our success has always been driven by those around us--Our friends, our neighbors, and our donors. You have given your time, your expertise, your hard earned dollars, and your kindness.

For over a year, we have been working on a large-scale home rebuild program known as the Resilient Housing Initiative, or RHI. This program is the largest public-private partnership that the community of St. John has seen in decades. It involves 4 nonprofit organizations, 3 dedicated St. John-based construction companies, and dozens of St. John businesses across multiple sectors all working towards a common goal: Bringing St. John home. 

RHI is now the longest-running home rebuild program on St. John during the Hurricane Irma and Maria recovery, and has remained active since September 2018. By its end, RHI will have rebuilt over 40 homes belonging to Virgin Islanders who are all seniors, families with small children, or persons with a disability or chronic illness. 

You’ve heard a lot about RHI from us since it began; it has been the primary focus of our social media, our website, and several news stories about Love City Strong. This is because it is a crucial component of the island’s recovery, and we are so proud of the work that we have accomplished with your support. A quick trip through just about any neighborhood on St. John will show you that there is still so much work to be done, and so many homes that are still not rebuilt more than two years after the storms.

We believe in this program, and we know that you do, too.

Tuesday, December 3 is known as Giving Tuesday, the global day of giving. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

This year, we ask that you join the movement and help us give the gift of a home to another of St. John’s residents.

As of today, we have rebuilt 27 homes through the RHI program from the ground up, and we are more than halfway to our overall goal of rebuilding 40 homes. With your help, we can continue to perform this important work for St. John. This Giving Tuesday, join the movement to build a more just and generous world by donating to RHI. Your kindness, generosity, and support has got us this far--Together we are capable of greatness!

Another rebuild beginning this week.
Another rebuild beginning this week.
Finish work on a recently completed home.
Finish work on a recently completed home.
Pretty in pink!
Pretty in pink!
 
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