Jul 31, 2020

First quarter update







July 29, 2020



Name of Organization: Rebuild Bay County, Inc.

Contact Person: Donna Pilson

Title/Position: Executive Director

Address: P.O. Box 306, Panama City, FL 32402

Phone: (850) 215-8832

Email: director@rebuildbaycounty.org

Project Bring 50 School Children Home Again (through Doorways of Northwest Florida)

Amount Requested $100,000

Amount Raised $1,000

Narrative on activities for this project:

Rebuild Bay continues to assist Bay County residents return to a permanent living situation. Although there has been a significant slow down in home repair activities due to a decrease in volunteer-based nonprofit building capabilities, the organization has been able to assist residents who were previously renting. One such resident was a single mother with three school-aged children, whose apartment was completely destroyed during the hurricane. She and her children lived in a hotel for three months after the storm before moving to a FEMA trailer. We were able to assist this household purchase a trailer and required insurances, providing them a permanent living solution. Another resident with three teenage children, whose home had to be demolished due to hurricane damage, was assisted in having a new home built and household items purchased.

Over the past couple of months, nearly 30 households have been assisted, including 27 school-aged children. The need, however, is still great. There are hundreds more households that continue to be in various stages of recovery. With job losses and layoffs rampant due to COVID-19 responses, residents that were trying to manage their own recovery now find themselves needing assistance. Your continued support is desperately needed to ensure we can continue helping those that have been struggling to get into a permanent home for almost two years now.

Jun 16, 2020

Fourth Quarter Update


Doorways Update April 2020


We are not unlike other communities around the globe, where this past quarter brought many changes to our lives, our service delivery, and the global community.  Effective March 19, 2020 our area is under two declared states of Emergency – one from Hurricane Michael, which continues from 2018 and a second related to COVID-19.  According to our Emergency Operations Chief, this is unprecedented.    

Rebuild work:  Although we predicted embarking on the busiest time for rebuild work, we had nearly all of our non-profit builders and volunteers return home due to the COVID-19 Pandemic leaving just two local organizations.  This has obviously reduced our ability to make much progress on rebuilds/repairs.  To date we have 92 completed rebuilds.  One of our larger non-profit partners, Catholic Charities is just now starting to work on completing roofing work.  We are hopeful that work can resume soon.    

Use of funding:With Island Spirit Funding we were able to serve 14 Hurricane Survivors in the following manner: 6 clients were provided temporary shelter who needed stabilization or were awaiting housing; 2 clients were relocated to family outside of our area; 3 homeless clients were housed; 2 clients received rent assistance and 1 client received past due utility assistance.

Disaster Case Management: The Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) is currently working remotely and unable to visit with survivors due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  There are still over 300 households in FEMA trailers and/or FEMA direct Housing not to mention the households that are literally homeless.  Doorways works hand in hand with the DCMP providers in the Northwest Florida region by providing resources, housing solutions and financial assistance to many of their clients.


Community Recovery/Resource Center (CRC): Finally, the chart below illustrates the types of services that Doorways and the other organizations present at the CRC are providing daily.  In this report, we are reflecting data through March 12, which was the last day that we were open to the public.  We decided to close due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the protection of our staff and community.  We continue to serve clients through electronic means, phone calls and document drop off locations.  Effective June 15, 2020 the CRC will re-open by appointment only.    



May 1, 2020

Third Quarter Report

Doorways Update April 30, 2020


This past quarter brought with it a second declared disaster (3/13/20) for the NWFL region. While still recovering from Hurricane Michael, we, like everyone else have been hit hard by rising unemployment, uncertainty, food shortages and the like due to COVID-19.  

Rebuild work:Prior to March 2020, we began to receive many volunteer groups to assist with home repairs. In March, the majority of the rebuild volunteers, as well as locally based rebuild groups from other areas who were on long-term deployment to our area have all pulled out. We are left with two organizations to tackle the large pipeline of households awaiting home rebuilds/repairs. Our total rebuilds to date stand at about 102 completed.  Since much, but thankfully not all, of the rebuild/repair work is not being completed, Rebuild Bay County inc., the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Organization has repurposed to assist with food distribution and coordination, as well as Personal Protective Equipment request coordination and distribution.

Use of funding:

As a direct result of the funding received from GlobalGiving, we provided financial assistance for transportation (bus tickets to leave the area to live with family), past due utilities and rent and down payment assistance for a total of 18 individuals. 9 of these individuals were provided temporary shelter and four of them were stably housed. Some of the shelter clients will remain with us until the job market begins to pick up. We are currently still working to identify housing options so we have the ability to move people out of temporary shelter into a home. We also provided trolley (local bus) rides; provided 209 food boxes to elderly, shut-ins and large Foster Care families as well as diapers, hygiene supplies, socks and assorted clothing for approximately 60 residents. Finally, we provided case management for 12 individuals; and provided 1 gas card.

We received our “A Better Shelter” unit! We are in the process of prioritizing a family to use the shelter.


Disaster Case Management: The Disaster Case Management Program (DCMP) was launched in mid-January. To date, there are currently over 1,500 cases in the pipe-line seeking assistance. Effective early March, the DCMP program moved to remote services only. No one to one meetings have taken place due to COVID-19. The Community Resource/Recovery Center is closed to the public, so like DCMP, all client interactions are being handled electronically or by appointment when necessary.


Due to COVID-19, we have adapted our intake and screening to include specific COVID education and related questions such as do you know where to go for help, testing, food, etc.


From May 2019 - Through February 2020, the Resource/Recovery Center saw 3,468 clients. In the month of March, after moving to electronic service delivery, we fielded 276 phones calls and provided 557 services for those callers.   Services include referrals to other service providers; rental assistance; past due utility and rent assistance; food box delivery and drive through; Street Outreach to homeless; veterans services; ID services; food stamp enrollment; apartment search, etc.

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