Beaufort church looking for help in Florence rebuilding efforts


The aftermath of Hurricane Florence is bringing together a set of volunteers in the East to pitch in with recovery efforts. 

“It’s just devastating and you realize what the impact is on the family,” said Elwyn Wood, a volunteer for the Ann Street United Methodist Church in Beaufort. 

He along with others are helping homes that are in need of repairs after Florence. 

“You look around the community, and you see so many people in need,” said Wood. “And you look at it and think ‘I can go help out a little bit.'”

What started off in a U-Haul filled with emergency goods, has turned into a vision to help others. 

“We have a chainsaw team and clearing debris and chopping up trees that were knocked down during the hurricane,” said Oriel Homan, a member of the Ann Street United Methodist Church.”Then we set up our emergency response office where people called in and let us know what their issues were.”

Now they’re continuing to expand their efforts by hiring a team. 

The North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church is currently hiring six people, including a site manager, caseworker and administrative assistant. 

They don’t have a limit as to how many houses they will be able to help, but if they’re anything like Wood, the team will aid as many families as possible. 

“You do everything you can to assure them that we’ll do as much as we can to help you,” said Wood. 

Funds for the rebuilding process for people’s homes will come from the conference and Ann Street United Methodist Church. 

They are in the beginning stages of looking for a disaster recovery center. 

For more information on how you can get involved, you can call Ann Street United Methodist Church at (252)-728-4279.

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