Brethren Disaster Ministries announces changes in rebuilding project sites




Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers work to repair a roof in Puerto Rico
Photo courtesy of Bill Gay

Brethren Disaster Ministries volunteers work to repair a roof in Puerto Rico

Brethren Disaster Ministries has announced several changes in its rebuilding project sites as 2019 closes out and the new year begins.

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In related news, volunteers are urgently needed at two rebuilding locations in the Carolinas and Puerto Rico:

In the Carolinas, volunteers are needed for the week of Dec. 15-21 to complete the rebuilding schedule for 2019; contact BDMnorthcarolina@gmail.com by Nov. 20 to sign up.

In Puerto Rico, there is an urgent need for volunteers on Jan. 4-18, March 14-28, March 28-April 11, April 11-25, April 25-May 9, and May 9-23. Trips are for two weeks and include lodging, meals Monday through Friday, groceries for weekend meals, transportation to/from job sites, and the possibility of funds to help with travel costs (rules apply).For additional information contact Terry Goodger at 410-635-8730 or tgoodger@brethren.org .

Project site changes

In the Carolinas, work in Nichols, S.C., is being supported by two grants from the One SC Fund housed at Central Carolina Community Foundation that were awarded to help with repairs on three homes. Going forward, the work will focus on recovery in Robeson County, N.C., where partner organization, the NC Conference of the UMC, still has much work to do in the state.

In Puerto Rico, the rebuilding project has been extended to May 2020, and Carrie Miller has agreed to stay on as long-term site leader until the project closes.

A rebuilding site was started in Jacksonville, Fla., in September to support 2017 Hurricane Irma Recovery. Volunteer housing is provided by partner organization TeamEffort, and Brethren Disaster Ministries is also helping to complete home repairs started by that camp’s students over the summer. Also partnering with this project site is the Florida Conference of the UMC for additional home repairs. The Jacksonville site is expected to close around Christmas, when the funded work will be completed.

A new project location for 2020 has been announced for Tampa, Fla., where Brethren Disaster Ministries will be partnering with the Florida Conference of the UMC, which will identify the homes for recovery work. The Tampa site is to open in January and to run through April 4, 2020, helping to complete Hurricane Irma recovery work.

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