Recovery assistance group helps rebuild home for marine


A non-profit traveling across the country to help families rebuild after natural disasters has made a stop in eastern North Carolina. 

The Fuller Center for Housing, a recovery assistance group. The non-profit helps lower income families, the elderly, those disabled, and young families with many children. 

This week, the organization is helping a marine in Havelock rebuild his home after Hurricane Florence. 

“He will be medically discharged due to some health issues. He’s physically unable to do all the repairs on his home,” said Toni Karam Ratliff, family partner and volunteer coordinator for the Fuller Center for Housing. 

Due to the extensive damage, the family of six has had to vacate their home to their backyard to a camper. 

The Fuller Center for Housing is working to repair the marine’s house, one of eight sites they are currently working on. They work on donations and grants, but most importantly volunteers.

“They take their vacations, their spring breaks, family vacations,” said Ratliff. 

This week she has the assistance of volunteers from Belmont, Massachusetts. Cameron Anderson, a volunteer said, “I think the first reaction is what can I do right now. Like we’re doing everything we can and trying to get them back in their house.”

Anderson and the volunteers plan to stay until Friday. However, Ratliff and the organization have anticipated to stay one to three years. 

The goal is to complete a home, make sure it’s key-turn ready, and leave the homeowner with a renovated home. 

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