Category: Disaster Rebuilders

Disaster ReBuilders to help those still dealing with Hurricane Michael’s aftermath in Florida

When most people think of Panama City, Florida, they think of beaches, sunshine, high-rise condominiums and spring break craziness. At least, that’s the way everyone thought of it before Hurricane Michael struck the area in October of last year as a powerful Category 5 storm — the first Category 5 to strike the contiguous United […]

SPECIAL REPORT: Rebuilding homes & trust on a foundation of faith in North Carolina

(Photo: Aaron Ratliff presents a key to 87-year-old homeowner partner Mary J. Koonce in New Bern, N.C. She asked only for the Disaster ReBuilders to replace the tarp that had covered her roof since Hurricane Florence struck in September of 2018. Instead, they replaced her entire roof, made her bathroom more accessible and added a […]

New Jersey-based Erin’s Gift of Hope volunteers put faith into action in North Carolina

(This is part of a series of reports on those who make The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ work possible. Next week, we will have an extensive report at At age 15, Erin McFaull was a full-of-life teenager with a heart for missions and putting her faith into action. After her life was cut short […]

Gold Star family members’ service week honors fallen, boosts North Carolina recovery efforts

(This is the first in a series of reports from The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ operations in North Carolina, where they are helping families recover from last September’s Hurricane Florence.) The only people who can truly sympathize with Gold Star families are members of other Gold Star families. They know all too well the grief […]

Elderly hurricane victim in North Carolina asked only for a new tarp but got a new roof

Mary J. Koonce has lived in her New Bern, N.C., home for nearly 42 years, and she was not about to let Florence run her out of it. Last September’s hurricane, though, severely damaged the roof of the 87-year-old’s home, and a nonprofit helped by putting a tarp on it. When that tarp needed replacing, […]

SPECIAL REPORT: How Disaster ReBuilders tackled an “overwhelming” situation in Texas

When Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders President Bart Tucker arrived in Texas’ Upper Galveston Bay area a few days after Hurricane Harvey struck in 2017, the scenes were all too familiar — flooded streets, waterlogged homes and desperate faces. He had seen it all before in places like Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana; Biloxi, Mississippi; and Atlantic City, […]

“The House That Brenda Built” a tribute to selfless servant who never wanted attention

(This is a special report from the Brenda Barton Memorial Build. Coming soon will be a special report at on the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ work as a whole in the Houston area. Coming later this year will be a special report from the Disaster ReBuilders’ work in North Carolina.)   In all her […]

James City, North Carolina family thanks God for bringing Fuller Center volunteers

While many families affected by flooding after Hurricane Florence struck North Carolina in September were able to at least get out of their damaged homes, the nine members of the Darrisaw family in James City stayed in their home and lived among the devastation. Fortunately, the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders and their volunteers were able […]