Category: Disaster Rebuilders

Texas’ winter storm brings new set of challenges for Disaster ReBuilders; volunteers needed

Texas’ winter storm brings new set of challenges for Disaster ReBuilders; volunteers needed

Texas’ winter storm brings new set of challenges for Disaster ReBuilders; volunteers needed When last month’s weeklong winter freeze struck all 254 Texas counties, millions lost electricity and the ability to heat their homes. Residents huddled together in shelters, while some families resorted to burning pieces of furniture to stay warm. Others perished in freezing […]

Poll: Disaster ReBuilders’ work voted ministry’s top story of 2020

Poll: Disaster ReBuilders’ work voted ministry’s top story of 2020

(Photo: Disaster ReBuilders dedicate the restored home of Roosevelt and Inez in Pamlico County, N.C., in November 2020. The couple had been displaced for more than two years after Hurricane Florence struck in 2018.) Poll: Disaster ReBuilders’ work voted ministry’s top story of 2020 The 2020 hurricane season set a record with 30 named storms […]

Disaster ReBuilders hit the ground running in Louisiana and are ready for volunteers

Disaster ReBuilders hit the ground running in Louisiana and are ready for volunteers

(Photo: Louisiana National Guard soldiers assess damage in Lake Charles after Hurricane Laura.) Disaster ReBuilders hit the ground running in Louisiana and are ready for volunteers The dichotomy of the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders is that they are grateful to be of service but wish their services were not needed. Unfortunately for families in Texas, […]

Disaster ReBuilders help Panama City families in the shadows of paradise

Disaster ReBuilders help Panama City families in the shadows of paradise

(Photo: Vietnam veteran Ray Moneymaker sits in his Panama City home that was severely damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018. He has since lost his wife to cancer and suffered a stroke. Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders’ work on his home is nearly complete.) Note: With an abundance of caution and a close eye on ever-changing […]

Wittenberg University student touts benefits of serving with Disaster ReBuilders in Florida

Wittenberg University student touts benefits of serving with Disaster ReBuilders in Florida

Maria Miller (shown at left), a junior finance major at Springfield, Ohio’s Wittenberg University, recently wrote a piece for her school about the week she and seven schoolmates spent restoring homes with the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders in Panama City, Florida, last month. Maria writes: “In the uplifting week I had, these people have shown […]

Volunteer Chuck Baldacchino talks about spending his retirement serving others

Volunteer Chuck Baldacchino talks about spending his retirement serving others

(Photo: Chuck Baldacchino volunteers on Sandra Palma’s home in Panama City, Florida, while working with the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders. Palma is fighting breast cancer while living in a home heavily damaged by Hurricane Michael a year and a half ago.) Chuck Baldacchino is well-known to many in the affordable housing movement’s volunteer circles, including […]

Wittenberg students spend spring break in Panama City — on builds, not beaches

Wittenberg students spend spring break in Panama City — on builds, not beaches

(Photo: Kenzie Hill cuts floor trim outside the home of Vietnam veteran Ray Moneymaker in Panama City, Florida, where he has lived despite his home being severely damaged by the October 2018 storm. Last week marked Hill’s fourth spring break service trip with The Fuller Center for Housing, having also served twice in Perry, Georgia, […]

Americorps NCCC team boosts Disaster ReBuilders’ efforts in Florida

Americorps NCCC team boosts Disaster ReBuilders’ efforts in Florida

A group of 18- to 24-year-olds is spending six weeks helping the Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders repair homes in Panama City, Florida, where many families are still dealing with damage caused by Hurricane Michael in 2018. “This is probably one of the most rewarding projects we’ve done so far,” tells WJHG-TV in their report that […]