Picture this! Disaster recovery in action



Repairing severe damage from a hurricane can be a financial burden and can seem to take forever to accomplish. Many Florida families are displaced from their homes or still searching for a way to afford costly repairs as we enter the uncertainties of a new hurricane season. In these photos, submitted by disaster recovery construction coordinator Hank Lunsford, a spirit of generosity is seen in volunteer teams hailing from across the country as they work hard to put roofs back over people's heads.

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This two-man team from Georgia was on board with Hurricane Irma long term recovery. They replaced boards damaged by the hurricane at one home and replaced skirting at another home.

The reward for a hard day's work: Reinhardt University students had freshly picked watermelons. FUMC, Sebring, provided residence for the team at their facility.

Serving a family displaced by Hurricane Irma brings happiness to Reinhardt University students on their Spring break.

A team of 36 drove from Indiana to help with long-term recovery from Hurricane Irma. They did restorative work on five different homes. Three of the homes were for families living in temporary locations while awaiting repairs.

Students from Reinhardt University, a Methodist university north of Atlanta, spent their spring break in Sebring working on homes damaged by Hurricane Irma. Under an old tree that survived the winds of several hurricanes, they posed together for a group photo. Behind them is a house they would later be making repairs to.

A really hard working team from Mulder, Georgia, worked on three homes damaged by Hurricane Irma in the Sebring area. FUMC, Sebring, provided space for the team to sleep, eat and worship.

This homeowner of a house that sustained hurricane damage cooked lunch every single day for the team from Rhode Island while they made repairs to her roof. Photo used with homeowner's permission.

The Rhode Island team flew down, rented cars in Orlando and spent an entire week of eight to nine-hour workdays making repairs.

A shortage of ladders didn't stop the Reinhardt University students from replacing damaged windows.


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Donate here to the Florida Conference Hurricane Irma Fund to help churches and the neighborhoods that surround them. Volunteer to bring yourself or a team to help with the recovery.


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