Following record flooding with Hurricane Florence, Golden LEAF was asked to distribute approximately $5.4 million from the NC Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief Fund. This fund drew from generous donations by individuals and corporations following the storm to help provide survivors with home repair, temporary housing, utility, and rental assistance, and replacement of personal property including furniture, clothing, tools, and equipment.
Through the relief fund, the Foundation awarded grants to local outreach personnel to help identify and address needs. Genesis 457, includes two part-time caseworkers and co-directors Pastors Anthony and Dawn Gibson, received $457,000 through the N.C. Hurricane Florence Relief Fund to provide home repair, rental assistance, utility assistance, and replacement household items for survivors in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties. With the help of the Golden LEAF funding, Genesis 457 has worked to repair 45 homes and to assist 267 households and 658 individuals.
Damage from the hurricane was historic, with estimates soaring to $18 billion. Despite so much work to be done, recovery efforts have illustrated the resiliency and strength of these communities with volunteers, local leaders, and relief workers all coming together to help bring these neighborhoods back from the brink. Though recovery work has been challenging, the efforts of disaster relief teams has been nothing short of inspiring.
“You can’t help but love Eastern North Carolina,” said Dawn Gibson, co-director of Genesis 457. “It doesn’t matter where you are in life, everyone works together – long-term recovery groups, community, churches. Even though a lot still has to be done, a lot has been done towards recovery. Partnerships have really made the difference.”
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