Rebuild New Bern

by Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders
Rebuild New Bern
Rebuild New Bern
Rebuild New Bern
Rebuild New Bern
Yes, hurricanes can damage structure!
Yes, hurricanes can damage structure!

As we provide you this update, we’re elated to report that the New Bern community has dodged the Hurricane Dorian bullet—Dorian stayed far enough offshore of North Carolina to avoid compounding the damage from Hurricane Florence. For a community still very much in the recovery mode, imagining another storm is unthinkable.

So the Florence recovery journey continues unabated! Since we last updated you, we’ve completely restored another seven families to their home, but much remains to be done.

No surprise, but hurricane damage is random and unpredictable. Sometimes there is serious structural damage (see exposed floor joists below) which means we have to expose the infrastructure of the home. The good news is that the end result is the same—a completely restored and like new home! Of course what varies is the cost and number of volunteer hours required to complete the project.

No matter how many times we’ve completed our little miracle of restoring a family to their home, the smiles and joy never gets old as witnessed by the George family below. You can help in a hands on also.

We always present the family with a quilt at dedication. We use this to represent the true team effort it takes to completely restore a home. The 100 or so volunteers that work on a home are very obvious to the homeowner, but we must recognize the contribution of so many others—case management for the family, room and board for the out of town volunteers, local government agencies, etc. Finally and perhaps most importantly, the financial contribution of many. Thank you GlobalGiving for the donations that bridge the gap between “almost enough to rebuild” and “we can do this now!”

The hallway is new again!
The hallway is new again!
Our greatest blessing--dedication smiles!
Our greatest blessing--dedication smiles!
Quilt--represents partners coming together!
Quilt--represents partners coming together!

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The gutted, unlivable house
The gutted, unlivable house

As we approach the one year anniversary of Hurricane Florence wrecking its devastation on the Carolinas, most of us think the disaster is all “cleaned up” and life is back to normal for the victims. For the poor, not so fast—they are the hardest hit and the last to recover. For many of them, recovery is still a distant vision.

By now we’ve all seen the pictures of the completely gutted, unlivable home. That’s the worst case, but now most victims are “camping out” in their gutted home--kitchen sinks resting on sawhorses, exposed wiring, trip and fall hazards galore for the elderly, etc. And they completely lack the wherewithal to rebuild themselves. They’re barely able to afford the basics—food, medicine, utilities, etc.

But thanks to a generous donation from GlobalGiving in March 2019, Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders has completely restored eight families—completing the journey from despair to hopefulness to celebration as they move back into their fully restored homes. And, with the continued support of GlobalGiving, we’ll restore another eight deserving families before the Florence anniversary.

But we can’t rebuild these homes and restore these eight families without you—we need your donations and we you to volunteer. Volunteer teams are the secret to leveraging your donation by reducing the cost of rebuilding by 50 percent. Come help!

Camping out in the gutted home
Camping out in the gutted home
Come volunteer
Come volunteer
Leverage your donation and restore the home
Leverage your donation and restore the home

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Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders

Location: Danvers, MA - USA
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Bartow Tucker
Danvers, MA United States

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