Fayetteville since Hurricane Matthew
It is the end of June and Six families still remain in hotels, 9 months after the hurricane.
Can you imagine living in a hotel for 9 months?
Likely having no real kitchen to speak of, no refrigerator, no stove, no individual bedrooms, one bathroom for everyone, no room for books or toys, no privacy…. further away from your place of employment or your school… This kind of living is stressful, expensive, challenging, disruptive. In Lumberton the number of families still in hotels is much higher. This is why the rebuilding-recovery work remains urgent.
In addition to people in hotels many people are in temporary housing – rentals, trailers, living with extended family, etc. while homes and businesses are rebuilt.
Paying both rent in temporary shelter while also paying a mortgage on a home you cannot use is a financial nightmare for so many survivors.
The Long Term Recovery work provides not only mental health support for these stressful realities, it also provides case management to assist people in navigating the various sources of help needed to live in these challenging times. Our Long Term Recovery Groups speak with and on behalf of survivors to raise money and volunteers to get our neighbors back on their feet.
- We leverage grants,
- we appeal to business,
- we seek volunteers,
- we raise awareness,
- we care, we help,
- we offer light in darkness.