Rebuilding Homes - Current Projects

BDM yard sign outside new build in Pulaski, VA, 2011.
Photo by Shannon Pratt-Harrington

“Every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.” Heb. 3:4

A disaster can destroy not only homes, but also the sense of well-being for survivors.  Brethren Disaster Ministries recruits volunteers, led by faith, to use their skills to promote recovery.

Trained, skilled project leaders supervise volunteers as they extend a helping hand to clean up debris and restore the homes of disaster survivors in need. The presence of these volunteer work teams helps to ease trauma and promote recovery. 

Carolinas, Hurricane Matthew Response

Hurricane Matthew hit the east coast of the United States, including both North and South Carolina in October 2016. Marion County, S.C. experienced wind gusts of up to 60 mph and received 10-12 inches of rain, with some areas measuring as much as 17.8 inches. Hurricane Matthew did an estimated $4.8 billion in damage to 50 counties in North Carolina.

BDM has been working in Marion County, S.C. and some surrounding counties since September 2017. Since April 2018, BDM is working out of a housing site in Lumberton, NC to serve homeowners in both states who are still recovering from this storm or the flooding that happened because of it. See project details.

Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria Recovery

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 as a Category 4 storm with 155-mph winds, causing an estimated $90 million in damage to infrastructure, services, agriculture and structures, and leaving Puerto Ricans with little or no consistent access to power, safe water, and resources.

All seven of Church of the Brethren congregations in Puerto Rico, and their communities, were among those affected by the hurricanes. BDM began partnering with the Church of the Brethren Puerto Rico district immediately following the hurricane by providing emergency funding and materials. BDM is currently working with the district Recovery Committee on a home repair and construction program to benefit church members and their communities. See project details

Local Response and Short-term Response

Information on volunteer needs for local and short-term area responses and individual work weeks can be found on the Short-term Response page. Currently, there are Short-Term Response weeks available for the U.S. Virgin Islands, and more volunteer opportunities are being planned.

BDM is also participating in this new Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) project:

The Disaster Recovery Support Initiative (DRSI) is a new project that has been developed collaboratively with the United Church of Christ Disaster Ministries (UCCDM), Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (CCDOC), and Brethren Disaster Ministries (BDM). See project details.