| Dec 9, 2019
Christmas in New Bern
Yes, Virginia, there are still untouched homes!
First, a deeply heartfelt thank you to all of those who supported our Giving Tuesday campaign. In partnership, we are making a difference for so many with literally no other alternative.
And, we’re pleased to report since our last report to you, we’ve moved six families back into their restored homes and expect to complete three more before Christmas!
But while we’re on the subject of Christmas, December is a particularly challenging time of the year for me as I have haunting visions of those families trying to celebrate Christmas in a partially rebuilt or mucked out home. Of course that vision is mostly about the children. While we celebrate the 22 homes we’ve completed this year, we absolutely must acknowledge those New Bern families facing their second Christmas in a damaged home. But with your help, we’ll insure that another 25 families will move into their fully restored homes in 2020.
While those we serve certainly lag the recovery of the area, we are observing positive signs of a more complete recovery. We’re seeing fewer homes that have been untouched since the hurricane. Many now have had some repairs completed but have run out of funds to complete the project and are living in compromised conditions. Of course we commit to finishing the restoration, restoring the home to where it was before the storm—safe and secure.
Merry Christmas! And we have a vision of 2020 with you supporting us and the recovery of New Bern!
If the roof isn't repaired, interior isn't either