SOUTH CAROLINA LONG TERM RECOVERY EFFORTS
Jesus Alliance VP of Community Relations, Annette Girman, was asked to assist in efforts to locate existing long term recovery groups in northeast South Carolina who were still doing repairs from Hurricanes Matthew (2016) and Florence (2018). Good 360, an organization of corporate partnerships who fill gaps for rebuild and restoration efforts for those struggling to recover after a natural disaster had funding available to help but needed the support of Annette to determine who was still an active player in recovery in her state. Annette is a South Carolina resident who knows full well her state is still in need years after these hurricanes passed through. Good 360 So they teamed up to do their part to further these repair projects to get people back to safe, habitable housing.
In early March 2021, Annette and Good 360’s Senior Manager of Disaster Recovery, Kaitlin Fitzgerald, met in-person and over the phone with four long term recovery groups to understand current needs and where they were in the process of their case load. The trip was fruitful and provided hope to the hardworking volunteers who just want to help their communities wholly recover that assistance was coming. Annette shared, “It’s always difficult to see people displaced from their homes or living in uninhabitable conditions for this kind of time frame . . . 3-5 years. It’s actually really heartbreaking. Prayer is always a big part of this journey for me. And we know that if we all do our part, we can help return someone to a sense of normalcy.”
Good 360 has already allocated much-needed truckloads of items such as roofing shingles, vinyl siding, and insulation to Dillon, Marion, and Darlington counties for immediate use. Once the home is secured on the outside, work can begin on the inside.
We’re grateful for the trusted relationships that God has brought to us. This is what the Jesus Alliance is all about . . . an alliance of partners doing good in the world. Stay tuned for future updates on the progress of these communities.