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West Virginia Flood Recovery

 

Over the past two years we have dedicated ourselves to help rebuild the community of Rainelle, West Virginia, which was the epicenter of June 2016’s deadly flood. The flood—one of the worst in state history—destroyed over 1,000 homes statewide and 23 people lost their lives. Rainelle was devastated, including 90% of the homes near the downtown area. Five people in Rainelle did not survive.

 

As an organization we have seen the need to serve not only in Rainelle, but numerous other towns and counties that were affected by the flood in 2016. Many of West Virginia’s low-income homeowners are unable to rebuild their homes because they have no insurance, are unable to qualify for emergency loans, and have few personal resources. These families are the focus of ASP’s long-term recovery.

 

More than 65 families have already received brand new homes in Rainelle and in the surrounding counties that have been affected by the flood. With the help of government and private funding we are now going to undertake major repairs and new build projects in Clay, Greenbrier, Fayette, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Summers, Roane, and Webster Counties.

 

ASP has a seven-person staff on the ground in Greenbrier county working to coordinate volunteers, manage cases, and supervise home repairs and new construction.

To Volunteer

Due to our unique situation and broad service area we are not only looking for highly skilled volunteers, but also volunteers who are willing to aid us in any way our families need us, whether that be framing a new house or helping a family move out of their flood damaged home so we can prepare to build them a new home. We need volunteers who are not only comfortable with framing a new house, but who are open and willing to help in any way possible to get families into warmer, safer, and drier homes.

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Sign up to volunteer

 

Volunteers can choose to work 2-5 days during the week you have selected. Sunday and Thursday arrivals are preferred. You will be prompted to select number of work days and to indicate your arrival day during the registration process. We do not have a permanent center, due to our wide service area, so volunteers will be hosted in various churches or community centers near the area of which they will be serving in.

To Apply for Help

ASP is accepting applications from families seeking home repairs or new home construction related to the flooding in June 2016. To apply, complete the application including required attachments. Applications can be scanned and emailed to the Greenbrier County staff, or mailed to PO Box 743, Rainelle, WV 25962. If you have any questions, please call (423) 430-7833 or (423) 946-5006.

 

Open the application and list of required attachments

To Make a Gift

Make a gift in support of ASP’s disaster recovery efforts in Rainelle, West Virginia

Sevier County, TN Long-Term Disaster Recovery

 

On November 28, 2016, a fire that started in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was pushed by strong winds out of the park and into Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The wildfire killed 14 people and destroyed over 2,800 buildings, eventually burning over 17,000 acres of land.

 

While resources for rebuilding are readily available for those with insurance, many low-income families did not have insurance and have no way to rebuild. Other families were severely under-insured. ASP is assisting those that fall within 50% of Area Median Income (AMI), with specific targets being the elderly and disabled, and renters seeking to become first-time homeowners.

 

ASP has committed to building 25 new homes as part of our long-term recovery efforts in Sevier County, Tennessee. The majority of the devastation occurred in the Gatlinburg area, with some damage in Pigeon Forge and Sevierville as well.

 

ASP has a three-person staff on the ground in the area working to coordinate volunteers, manage cases, and supervise construction.

To Volunteer

Highly skilled volunteers who are comfortable with framing, roofing and other new construction are needed.

 

For more information please fill out this form or call Luke Ray, our Sevier County staffer, at (423) 268-0240.

 

There is no fee to volunteer — we only ask that you pay the suggested donation to your host church during your time with us. The Sevier County staff will work with volunteers to match you with various housing options — local churches generously offering their space to volunteers. Some host facilities include cooks and/or meals in their suggested donation. You can learn more about those options when you contact the Sevier County staff.

To Apply for Help

ASP is accepting applications from families seeking home repairs or new home construction related to the wildfires in November 2016. To apply, complete the application including required attachments. Applications can be scanned and emailed to the Sevier County staff, or mailed to ASP Sevier County, PO Box 4611, Sevierville, TN 37684. If you have any questions, please call Luke Ray, our Sevier County staffer, at (423) 268-0240.

 

Open the application and list of required attachments

To Make a Gift

Make a gift in support of ASP’s disaster recovery efforts in Sevier County, Tennessee

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