Category: Disaster Rebuilders

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 […]

Grifols Biomat USA volunteers take break from leadership summit to help Michael victims

Grifols Biomat USA volunteers take break from leadership summit to help Michael victims

It’s always good to see companies giving back to their community — or in the case of Grifols Biomat USA on Wednesday, giving back to whatever community you happen to be in at the moment. More than 150 volunteers who are attending the company’s leadership summit in Panama City Beach, Florida, took a few hours […]

WMBB-TV reports on Disaster ReBuilders’ first project in Bay County, Florida

WMBB-TV reports on Disaster ReBuilders’ first project in Bay County, Florida

The Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders are welcoming their first volunteer team in Hurricane Michael-ravaged Bay County, Florida, this week, and reporter Kayla Tucker of Panama City’s WMBB-TV paid a site visit to learn more about the project and what The Fuller Center and the Disaster ReBuilders are all about. You can see WMBB’s full report […]

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

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

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 […]