ALTHA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The North Florida Inland Long-Term Recovery Group(LTRG) helped a family in Altha get a new home after Hurricane Michael.
According to the press release, Charles and April Adkins, along with their children, ages 7, 3, and 1, have been living in a camper for the past seven months.
Charles serves as a pastor of Hillcrest Baptist Church. Hurricane Michael pushed multiple trees onto their home, shifting it from its foundation and damaging the structure. Chipola Baptist Association was able to help with a short-term solution through the travel trailer pilot program.
April applied online for assistance with the North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group.
Four families were chosen and presented to the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) who arrived in Marianna in November. According to the release, MDS received $250,000 for building materials from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) to be used for small repair projects and four new construction homes in Calhoun and Jackson Counties.
The North Florida Inland LTRG applied for a grant from Samaritan’s Purse for the remaining costs associated with the new builds. Those funds covered all permits, site prep, and required contracted services, many of which discounted their services to help make the project possible.
Other contributions included:
-The Salvation Army covered the cost of demolishing and disposing of their damaged home.
-Chipola Baptist Association provided a temporary travel trailer and assisted with construction.
-Innovative Charities of NWFL donated furniture and household items.
And an RCC Blountstown small group provided housewarming gifts to welcome the family home.
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