Lutheran Services Carolinas recently received a $25,000 grant from One SC Fund of the Central Carolina Community Foundation.
This grant provided assistance to Hurricane Florence survivors in Dillon County, South Carolina. Many survivors still need building materials and home repairs to make their homes safe and healthy. Families also need furniture and appliances to return to some sense of normalcy.
LSC used the grant funding to help provide households with repair/rebuild materials and services, temporary housing, and home furnishings/appliances.
One 77-year-old survivor and her family of eight recently moved back into their home after being displaced in 2018. The storm caused severe damages to the home’s roof, floor, and ceiling. The survivor used money she and her family saved to repair the home damages, and inspectors finally told her the family could move back in.
To prepare for the move, the survivor used all her remaining money to buy furniture, a refrigerator, and a stove. Then LSC stepped in to use this grant money to purchase a washer and dryer for the family.
Dillon SC Long Term Recovery Group Executive Director Kenneth Smith said the group is still working on repairing or building over 400 homes in the immediate Dillon County area alone that were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Florence. He says partners like Lutheran Services Carolinas have helped immensely.
“These donated dollars allow us to get many back into safe, secure, and sanitary housing. It also lets the survivor families know that others do care about them,” LSC Disaster Services Director Paul Dunn said. “Sharing hope and compassion with positive action and results is a powerful and beautiful human accomplishment. We are forever grateful.”
This is the third grant that LSC has received from One SC Fund to help Hurricane Florence survivors in South Carolina.