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St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group

by St. Croix Foundation for Community Development
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group
Smiles from all as a homeowner finishes repairs
Smiles from all as a homeowner finishes repairs

The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster. This is Community and Solidarity in action.

Construct and Rebuild – Homes, Safety, Joy, Relief
In this reporting quarter, we surpassed $100,000 USD of GlobalGiving funds to purchase building materials for homes. Thank you! An additional $100,000 USD will be drawn down by LTRG member organization Lutheran Disaster Service to continue to purchase building materials.

To date, we have hosted 706 volunteers, 39,000 volunteer labor hours, 46 total groups, and 60 homes completed! We have 68 homes in the queue, and requests for service continue to come in on a daily basis. The other good news from this reporting period is that FEMA has granted us Invitational Travel through June of 2020. This means they will pay for the volunteer teams to travel here and provide a small stipend to feed them while they are serving. And, we continue a very important aspect of this program: the “Final Nail Service,” where the homeowner symbolically drives the “final nail” into their completed home. These ceremonies are full of emotion: joy, relief, gratitude, and praise.

Special thanks are given to our member partner Lutheran Disaster Response for leading this project.

Disaster Case Management: No Closed Cases Until Recovery is Complete!
With the loss of federal funding to cover the expense of this program, the LTRG has pieced together funds through grants from various philanthropic sources – including GlobalGiving – to ensure that Disaster Case Managers (for all three islands) are in place and active.

As reported in the last quarter, these managers are critical, with each working with up to 80 cases at a time to ensure that every beneficiary is not inadvertently receiving duplicate benefits from FEMA, has connections to available resources on the island, and refers to the LTRG’s Unmet Needs Committee when resources are not available. Unlike other programs, Disaster Case Managers (DCM) do not close a case until the client is completely recovered and has a sustainable action plan for thriving post-recovery.

We are grateful to our National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) partner, the United Methodist Committee on Relief for grant monies to support an additional 2 DCMs and to GlobalGiving for supporting a territory-wide grant that will allow us to hire 2 more DCMs on St. Croix. Recently, this new grant was recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for GlobalGiving’s commitment to this work. With these funds in place, the LTRG will have 8.5 DCMs by the end of the year.

During the quarter, our case managers have served and continue to serve 177 cases. Of those, 140 are still active, 7 have referrals pending, 37 cases were closed, and 10 have been referred to the Unmet Needs Committee.

Unmet Needs Committee
As mentioned above, the Unmet Needs Committee fills a critical role in disaster recovery. When a DCM has exhausted all resources available to a beneficiary, and needs are still not met, then the Unmet Needs Committee steps in to fill the gap.

In this reporting quarter, the Unmet Needs Committee has accepted 10 cases through our online portal. This portal, unique to St. Croix, allows DCMs to anonymously upload cases for review—preserving the dignity of the beneficiary and allowing the funders to make unbiased decisions. The $50,000 USD monies from GlobalGiving are being used to address some of the needs of the 10 cases that have now been referred.

This committee is now seeking additional funders for the Unmet Needs Roundtable in preparation for the additional cases that will come through. The goal is to raise an additional $15,000,000 USD to meet these needs and every little bit counts!

Improving Lives through Community
The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group is philanthropy in action: volunteers from the community, unifying for the purpose of helping their neighbors for the love of humankind. We thank our GlobalGiving Community for your continued commitment to the people of St. Croix and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As an isolated community and Territory, our voice is often lost, but lives throughout the Virgin Islands are being impacted for the better, people’s wellbeing stabilized, because GlobalGiving sees us. We cannot express our gratitude enough and hope you will continue to stand with us in solidarity to build resilience!

Our volunteers never stop working to improve lives
Our volunteers never stop working to improve lives
More than just a roof! Safety!
More than just a roof! Safety!
2 years post-hurricanes, needs are still great.
2 years post-hurricanes, needs are still great.
A joyful homeowner hammers the last recovery nail
A joyful homeowner hammers the last recovery nail

The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.

Construct and Rebuild: Homes, Safety, Joy, Relief
In this reporting quarter, we used $70,260.65 USD of GlobalGiving funds to purchase building materials for homes.  We were also pleased to celebrate the one-year anniversary of St. Croix receiving volunteer construction/rebuild teams. This milestone represents 478 volunteers, 30,176 volunteer labor hours, 37 total groups, and 50 homes completed! We have 78 homes in the queue, so the work is only just beginning. Special thanks are given to our member partner Lutheran Disaster Response for leading this project.

One important aspect of this program is the “Final Nail Service.” Upon completion of a home, the volunteers, staff, neighbors, and homeowners gather for a ceremony where the homeowner symbolically drives the “final nail” into their completed home. These ceremonies are full of emotion: joy, relief, gratitude, and praise. They symbolize the first major step in a beneficiary returning to a “normal” life. We are grateful to our volunteer teams from the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission for introducing this practice to the LTRG. (Our homeowners love it too!)

Disaster Case Management - No Closed Cases Until Recovery is Complete!
Disaster Case Management (DCM) is the key for LTRGs to provide this much-needed assistance to individuals and households across the island. Each manager works with up to 80 cases at a time to ensure that every beneficiary is not inadvertently receiving duplicate benefits from FEMA, has connections to available resources on the island, and refers to the LTRG’s Unmet Needs Committee when resources are not available. Unlike other programs, Disaster Case Managers do not close a case until the client is completely recovered and has a sustainable action plan for thriving post-recovery.

With the loss of Federal funding to cover the expense of this program, the LTRG has pieced together funds through grants from various philanthropic sources—including GlobalGiving. We are pleased to announce that the $50,000 USD monies have allowed us to hire an additional DCM, Ms. Ahria O’Bryan. She has now been on-boarded and is up to 30 cases.

We are grateful to our National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) partner, the United Methodist Committee on Relief, for providing DCM training to ALL active DCMs in the territory. And we are also grateful to GlobalGiving for an additional grant to support this program. Recently, the new grant was recognized at the Clinton Global Initiative by Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton for GlobalGiving’s commitment to this work.

Unmet Needs Committee: Filling Critical Needs
As mentioned above, the Unmet Needs Committee fills a critical role in disaster recovery. When a DCM has exhausted all resources available to a beneficiary, and needs are still not met, then the Unmet Needs Committee steps in to fill the gap.

In this reporting quarter, the Unmet Needs Committee has completed the online portal for case intake. This portal, unique to St. Croix, allows DCMs to anonymously upload cases for review—preserving the dignity of the beneficiary and allowing the funders to make unbiased decisions. The $50,000 USD monies from GlobalGiving will begin to be expensed in the following quarter to address some of the needs of the 9 cases that have now been referred.

Building a Better Future
Some survivors affected by the hurricanes do not meet the eligibility criteria for government disaster aid programs or will continue to have unmet needs even after receiving the maximum amount of help from the disaster recovery programs. This is where recovery groups come into play. LTRGs are locally-based teams that are committed to seeing the islands through to full recovery.  The groups are helping Virgin Islanders remove debris, feed their families, and make repairs to their homes.

LTRGs will continue to bring people together to support grassroots recovery efforts and find solutions for some of the major challenges Virgin Islanders face after the disasters. Together with GlobalGiving, we will achieve this!

Volunteers construct a roof - and give hope & joy
Volunteers construct a roof - and give hope & joy
GlobalGiving & LTRG recognized by Clintons!
GlobalGiving & LTRG recognized by Clintons!
Final Nail Service: Giving thanks for repair
Final Nail Service: Giving thanks for repair
LTRG volunteers assisting the elderly
LTRG volunteers assisting the elderly

December 2018- February 2019 GlobalGiving Report

The spirit and resiliency of a people is most strongly on display in the aftermath of a disaster. As we recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the unity of the community is vital towards the achievement of a clear and concerted vision. The St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.

Construct and Rebuild

Thanks to the grant monies from GlobalGiving, our Construction/Rebuild Committee is funding the repair of roofs for residents on St. Croix through an initial use of $75,0000 for building materials.

This committee has been hard at work since the first volunteer team arrived on June 2, 2018. Since that time, they have hosted 30 volunteer groups. The groups have ranged in size from 7 to 40 members! In total, 369 volunteers have served and completed 20,213 hours of volunteer labor. That equates to a cost benefit (value of labor) of $1,076,949.92. The work is not slowing down anytime soon. There are currently an additional 50 homes that have been referred to the committee and are now in queue.

The LTRG intends to continue recruiting skilled construction teams and rebuilding the roofs of low- and fixed-income homeowners, primarily the elderly. We continue to seek funds to subsidize building material costs. But perhaps, most importantly, they hope to be able to expand the program by finishing renovations on St. Dunstan’s School, which will allow them to house three times the volunteers than they can at the current location. Further repairs are needed to the St. Dunstan’s School and they also need additional vehicles and trucks for an expanded volunteer program.

The GlobalGiving grant monies were also leveraged to purchase a used 2018 Dodge Ram truck. The truck, which holds up to 6 people, is used for transporting volunteers and supplies to job sites. As we continue to increase the number of volunteer teams, this additional means of transportation is crucial.

Disaster Case Management

Disaster Case Management (DCM) is the key for LTRGs to provide this much needed assistance to individuals and households across the island. Each manager works with up to 30 cases at a time to ensure that every beneficiary is not inadvertently receiving duplicate benefits from FEMA, has connections to available resources on island, and refers to the LTRG’s Unmet Needs Committee when resources are not available. Unlike other programs, Disaster Case Managers do not close a case until the client is completely recovered and has a sustainable action plan for thriving post-recovery.

With only 4 Disaster Case Managers, this committee of the LTRG has managed to get through 80 cases—the majority of which are elderly with medical issues. The work is difficult and exhausting--but they are working to ensure that residents get connected to the resources they need. Our hope is to divert an additional $50,000 of the Global Giving monies to support the hiring of an additional Case Manager.

Disaster recovery encompasses interventions at the community level as well as with individuals and households. While there is inter-dependence between the recovery of the community’s infrastructure and the recovery of individuals and families within that community, the mechanisms for their recovery are distinctly different. Disaster casework and disaster case management are functions in support of empowering and of addressing the basic needs and recovery needs of individuals and families.

Unmet Needs Committee

As mentioned above, the Unmet Needs Committee fills a critical role in disaster recovery. When a DCM has exhausted all resources available to a beneficiary, and needs are still not met, then the Unmet Needs Committee steps in to fill the gap. There are currently 6 cases that have been referred to this committee. Diverting $50,000 of GlobalGiving monies to this committee would allow us to start to fill these needs and close these cases.

Building a Better Future

Some survivors affected by the hurricanes do not meet the eligibility criteria for government disaster aid programs or will continue to have unmet needs even after receiving the maximum amount of help from the disaster recovery programs. This is where recovery groups come into play. LTRGs are locally-based teams that are committed to seeing the islands through to full recovery.  The groups are helping Virgin Islanders remove debris, feed their families and make repairs to their homes.

LTRGs will continue to bring people together to support grassroots recovery efforts and find solutions for some of the major challenges Virgin Islanders face after the disasters. Together with GlobalGiving we will achieve this!

Rebuilding efforts continue more than a year later
Rebuilding efforts continue more than a year later
Volunteer groups assisting with repairing homes
Volunteer groups assisting with repairing homes
Community Partners assisting with recovery
Community Partners assisting with recovery

St. Croix Long-Term Recovery Group

September – November 2018 Impact Report

The spirit and resiliency of a people is most strongly on display in the aftermath of a disaster. As we recover from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the unity of the community is vital towards the achievement of a clear and concerted vision. The St. Croix Long-term Recovery Group (LTRG) is a cooperative body that is made up of representatives from faith-based, non-profit, government, business and other organizations working within St. Croix to assist individuals and families as they recover from Hurricane Maria. The goal of the LTRG is to unite recovery resources with community needs in order to ensure that even the most vulnerable in the community recover from the disaster.

Construct and Rebuild

Cane Bay Cares, a service initiative of Cane Bay Partners LLLP, donated $45,800 to the St. Croix LTRG, a project of St. Croix Foundation and coalition of non-profit relief organizations, to fund the repair of roofs and the retrofitting of volunteer housing on St. Croix.

The funds were allocated from the disaster relief fund established between Cane Bay Cares and the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands. About $30,000 of the donation will be used to repair or replace 2-4 roofs for residents in need, while $10,000 will be used to complete the retrofitting of volunteer housing at the former St. Dunstan’s School campus, and the remainder will be used toward the highest priority items.

 The Construction Rebuild Committee has been hard at work since the first volunteer team arrived on June 2, 2018. Since that time, they have hosted 21 volunteer groups. The groups have ranged in size from 7 to 40 members! In total, 275 volunteers have served and completed 14,300 hours of volunteer labor. With only 2.5 Disaster Case Managers (DCM), this committee has managed to get through 64 cases! The work is difficult and exhausting--but they are working to ensure that residents get connected to the resources they need. This committee will continue to expand in the new year to help reach even more people in need.

Disaster recovery encompasses interventions at the community level as well as with individuals and households. While there is inter-dependence between the recovery of the community’s infrastructure and the recovery of individuals and families within that community, the mechanisms for their recovery are distinctly different. Disaster casework and disaster case management are functions in support of empowering and of addressing the basic needs and recovery needs of individuals and families. Because of the DCM’s the LTRG were able to provide 30 roof repairs, 4 rebuild in-temporary housing, 9 major damage in-temporary housing, 9 minor damage (doors, windows, tiles, painting, etc.), 7 major damage in-dwelling, 5 electrical work, 5 mold removal, 9 rental assistance, and 5 roof restoration completed.

The LTRG intends to continue recruiting skilled construction teams and rebuilding the roofs of low- and fixed-income homeowners, primarily the elderly. They continue to seek funds to subsidize building material costs. But perhaps most importantly, they hope to be able to expand the program by finishing renovations on St. Dunstan’s School, which will allow them to house three times the volunteers than they can at the current location. Further repairs are needed to the St. Dunstan’s School and they also need additional vehicles and trucks for an expanded volunteer program. Presently, they are also in need of a ¾ ton crew cab truck to allow them to transport large loads of building materials with their trailer and carry additional volunteers.

Building a Better Future

Some survivors affected by the hurricanes do not meet the eligibility criteria for government disaster aid programs or will continue to have unmet needs even after receiving the maximum amount of help from the disaster recovery programs. This is where recovery groups come into play. LTRGs are locally-based teams that are committed to seeing the islands through to full recovery.  The groups are helping Virgin Islanders remove debris, feed their families and make repairs to their homes.

“The mission of the St. Croix LTRG is to help members independently provide community services on a daily basis and provide effective relief and recovery services to people affected by disaster on the island of St. Croix,” said Pastor Gary Moore, chairperson of the St. Croix LTRG. “As we transition from the emergency response phase of the disasters to long-term recovery, it is important that we come together as community leaders to communicate, cooperate, coordinate and collaborate for a more sustainable and resilient future for our entire St. Croix community.”

LTRGs will continue to bring people together to support grassroots recovery efforts and find solutions for some of the major challenges Virgin Islanders face after the disasters.

Members of the LTRG providing roofing to a family
Members of the LTRG providing roofing to a family
A Senior resident received a completed roof
A Senior resident received a completed roof
Members of the LTRG working to restore a roof.
Members of the LTRG working to restore a roof.

Introduction

The St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group (STX LTRG) is a collaborative partnership of nonprofit and volunteer organizations, faith-based organizations, as well as federal and local government agencies, private sector businesses and concerned citizens, working together to address the recovery needs of individuals of the St. Croix community in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.  According to current estimates, some 3000 territory residents will need Disaster Case Management (DCM) assistance, followed by Unmet Needs support of the territorial LTRGs.  One of the greatest issues confronting the St. Croix community is the extensive number of damaged houses throughout the island still in need of repair. Today, one year after the hurricanes, when flying over St. Croix, the number of blue tarps on roofs is staggering. But because of the support of so many friends of St. Croix and Global Giving the St. Croix LTRG has completed nine (9) homes that house elderly who live alone, who would otherwise not have a roof and were living in hazardous conditions.  

The first volunteers for the volunteer rebuilding initiative arrived on June 2, 2018.  This followed a several month period of planning which included: hiring staff, recruiting volunteers, developing policies and procedures, securing volunteer housing, identifying initial homes to repair and purchasing vehicles (vans, trucks, trailer), tools, and an initial supply of building materials.

From June 2 to August 17th, we have hosted 9 volunteer groups, consisting of 155 volunteers.  They have provided 7,444 hours of free labor.  Most of our volunteers have come for two weeks, with some staying 3 weeks, a month and longer.  Six of the initial 9 groups have been from United Methodists Volunteers in Mission.  We have been fortunate to have had skilled groups, with one or more construction contractor leverage volunteers in almost every group along with carpenters and other people with building experience in addition to lesser skilled volunteers who come with a desire to work hard and help.

We are booked with volunteers constantly until Thanksgiving week, 2018.  We are presently accepting reservations for groups who want to come after that date. 

We are primarily repairing the homes of low and fixed income senior citizens who cannot afford a contractor.  Our labor is free. The homeowners contribute towards the building material cost with funds received from FEMA for that purpose.  We make up the remainder in material costs from donations for that purpose.  We are primarily rebuilding roofs.  We construct to a standard of “safe and dry”.   Homes go through a screening process for eligibility as a client and suitability for our rebuilding capacity.  As needed, we ask architects, engineers or draftsmen to help us create the rebuilding plans. 

The sections below describe in detail some of the work the volunteers have accomplished.

                                               HOME REBUILDING AND GUT PROJECTS

Homeowner: #1

Address: in Frederiksted town

Particulars:  Male senior citizen, veteran, lives alone.  Very old family house had evidence of neglected maintenance, storm damage and then further damage from the very close-by house next door burning down.  The homeowner did not have working electricity or plumbing when we started repairs.  House came to the attention of LDR due to its proximity to the Lutheran Social Services main office.  The homeowner lived in the house during rebuilding.

Work done:

The homeowner continued to live in the house as we worked and contributed with electrical work and painting.

Wood Section – work done

Floor – installed about 15 new floor joists and support posts.

Plumbing – replaced plumbing to get both the kitchen and bathroom working

Electrical – Installed a new meter base and rewired this section of the house completely

Walls – installed new wall studs as necessary, replaced exterior siding on one wall to replace damaged wood.

Roof – scissor new rafters alongside damaged and weakened existing rafters.  Installed hurricane clips.  Bolted ledger boards through the walls and attached straps to rafters.  Replaced the galvanize roofing.  Installed new facia boards and soffits.  Added gutters.

Doors – rebuilt exterior doors and jambs, built new steps to exit from this section to the courtyard.

Out building

Patched metal roofing and added hurricane clips.

Masonry Section

Doors & Windows – replaced entrance door jamb, replaced two upstairs windows

Plumbing – minimal plumbing to get upstairs bathroom working

Staircase – built a new staircase from courtyard to second floor (only access).  We did not plan to do this but realized the existing staircase was a safety hazard due to rotten supporting beams.

Roof – added wood to convert roof framing into trusses for additional support, installed hurricane clips connecting rafters to top plate and to ridge beam, added bolts to top plate to increase to one bolt per truss for strength, replaced old roof with new purlins and galvanized metal.  Reduced overhang size.  Added gutters.

Total hours of Volunteer Labor – 1,578.5

 Homeowner: #2

Address: Estate Hannah’s Rest, Frederiksted

Particulars:  Widowed, female senior citizen lives alone.  House suffered complete roof damage.  After the storm, due to her medical needs, her family sent her to Florida where she still resides waiting for her home to be repaired.  One of her sons engaged a contractor and used some of her FEMA funding to start repairs to one half of the house although he knew there was insufficient funding to replace the roof. More information about this rebuilding is below.  House was referred by the homeowner’s son who was aware that LSS had done rebuilding work after previous hurricanes.

Work done:

This is a house most easily understood as having two halves, a south half and a north half.  Each half has a gable end roof.

North half

Demolition – tore off remaining roof and ceiling pieces.  Muck and gutted the house and yard.

Roof – built a new ridge beam, installed new rafters, hurricane clips, plywood, felt, purlins, galvanized metal, facia board.  Installed ledger boards bolted through the walls and strapped rafters to the ledger boards.  Installed valleys where both roofs intersect. Replaced soffit and installed facia boards and gutters.

South half

Roof – this section was partially rebuilt by a contractor hired by the homeowner.  A ridge beam and rafters were installed.  The bond beam had been heavily damaged as the contractor gouged out sections looking for steel to tie the rafter too.  Very little steel was in the original bond beam.  As an alternative we added ledger boards bolted through the walls and strapped the board to the rafters as we did on the north half.  We installed hurricane clips, plywood, felt, purlins, galvanized metal, and facia board.  The rafter installation done by the previous contractor was not square and had irregular spacing.  This led to a slow process as we had to make multiple plywood cuts and it was equally difficult to place the galvanized metal roofing.  Installed facia boards and gutters 

Interior – Installed t-111 plywood as trim pieces to cover the areas where we bolted ledger boards and strapped down the gutters. 

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor – 1,447.5

Homeowner: # 3

Address: Estate la Grange, Frederiksted

Particulars: Female homeowner lives alone, has visual and auditory disabilities.  House was referred by a neighbor who provides assistance to the homeowner.  The homeowner lived in the house while we made repairs.

Work done:

Main damage to the house was a front second floor porch roof that was destroyed.  Without the roof all rain water entered the house causing a danger to the visually impaired homeowner.

Porch roof – minimal demolition, installed new rafters, purlins, galvanized metal and facia boards.

Back of house roof – replaced a few sheets of damaged galvanized metal.  Repaired other damaged and rusty sections with a three-step coating process.

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor  – 137

 Homeowner:  #4

Address: Stoney Ground, Frederiksted

Particulars:  Female, widowed senior citizen lives alone.  Has one daughter on St. Croix who also lost her roof.  Mother and daughter are in temporary housing and both will move in when the new roof is built.

Work done:

This house lost its complete roof.  In June we did muck and gut work and demolition as needed.  We built a new ridge beam changing the original flatter pitch to a 5/12 pitch. 

In July we resumed work on the house, installed plates on the tops of the walls and secured them with bolts and epoxy.  We installed rafters and hurricane clips connecting rafters to wall plates and ridge beams.  Installed collar ties on rafters on both ends of the house.  Built up masonry gable ends on both sides of the house to meet the new higher ridge beam and installed a bond beam on the gable ends.  Finished the roof with plywood sheathing, purlins and galvanized metal.  Installed facia and gutters.

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor – 916.5

Homeowner – #5

Address: Estate Catharine’s Rest

Particulars: Senior male homeowner lives alone.  Wife died two years ago, and he has not touched much in the house since then.  Homeowner has a daughter on St Croix at whose house he slept in following the storm.  He spends the days at his damaged house while the daughter is at work.  House had some hurricane damage and mold which was fixed by the HER program.

Work done:

A group of volunteers from an independent Christian church in Maryland, worked with the homeowner and his daughter to remove two dumpsters of items from the home, reorganize and clean.

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor  – 200.5

 

Midland Wesleyan Church

Address: Estate Calquohoun

Particulars:  The pastor asked for volunteer help to remove construction debris and tree limb debris from his parsonage area on the church property.

Work done:  A group of volunteers worked over a two-day period to complete the task.

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor  – 24

                     

                             RENOVATIONS FOR VOLUNTEER HOUSING & TRAUMA COUNSELING

St Dunstan’s School

Address: Estate Orange Grove, Christiansted

Particulars: Closed school, owned by the Episcopal Diocese.  The LTRG identified it as the best St. Croix site for volunteer housing due to its size and layout.

Work done:

Using some UMVIM volunteers along with volunteers from other groups we have done muck and gut work, minor repair to bathrooms and extensive cleaning and interior painting of classrooms (will be used for volunteer lodging) kitchen and bathrooms.

Future work includes creating a shower facility and outfitting the kitchen.

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor – 2,016  

IGGY

Iggy is a locally created storm trauma processing and reduction curriculum for children kindergarten through 3rd grade.  The main feature is a puppet show that creates a scene in the storm’s aftermath to show the impact on families and then processes to an ending designed to normalize feelings and give hope.  Volunteers with the assistance of LTRG members and crisis counselors have made 25 presentations to approximately 600 children. 

Total Hours of Volunteer Labor  – 162.5

 

                          UPCOMING PROJECTS: It’s more than a roof. It’s Home.

We are waiting for wood flooring to arrive in order to fix a bedroom in a hospice patient’s home, so the patient can be next to a bathroom.

Three houses with significantly damaged roofs are being prepared to be our next major projects.  Two houses with broken ridge beams are going through engineering and drawings process now to ready them for building permits.  A third house is being assessed for material needs.

We continue to receive rebuilding requests from the crisis counselors, disaster case managers and a hospice social worker as well as the general public.  People come to our office daily to fill out a referral from which is then sent to disaster case managers for initial screening.

 

                          FUTURE PLANS: Leveraging Renovations for More Volunteers

We intend to continue recruiting skilled construction teams and rebuilding the roofs of low and fixed income homeowners, primarily the elderly.  We will continue to need funds/St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group is currently identifying funding to subsidize building material costs.  But perhaps most importantly, we hope to be able to expand the program by finishing renovations on St. Dunstan’s School, which will allow us to house three times more volunteers than we can at our current location. We need /Further repairs to St. Dunstan’s School and we will also need additional vehicles and trucks for an expanded volunteer program.   It will require approximately $150,000 to finish that project.  Presently, we are seeking a donation of, or funds to buy, a ¾ ton crew cab truck to allow us to transport large loads of building materials with our trailer and carry additional volunteers.

Iggy is a locally created storm trauma program
Iggy is a locally created storm trauma program
crisis counselors have made 25 presentations
crisis counselors have made 25 presentations
 

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St. Croix Foundation for Community Development

Location: Christiansted - Virgin Islands
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Project Leader:
Deanna James
Christiansted, Virgin Islands
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