June 23, 2017
June 23, 2016 is a day that many of us will never forget. Thousands of families were tragically affected by the torrential rains that caused flooding in many of our communities and towns. I want to personally take just a minute to say a special thank you to our WV Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WVVOAD) partner agencies, friends and the countless donors that continue to make disaster recovery possible.
Though often living in fear of another storm, many are returning to a normal home environment because of the work that has been completed. WV VOAD continues to coordinate recovery through home repairs, complete home rebuilds, emotional and spiritual care, HVAC units, bridges and much more. Our partners are completing recovery at record pace and still continue to reach out to those who may need assistance with recovery.
We have restored hope to families across West Virginia by coordinating over 23,000 skilled volunteers from around the United States and Canada to visit the disaster area. These volunteers have completed over 600 new homes and more than 900 home repair projects. Excitement and encouragement continue to motivate us as we evaluate all that everyone has accomplished in one short year.
Life may never be the same for those affected, but so many have recovered because of the great work that we do. Please continue to remember all of the families, volunteers and partners in your prayers as we continue to assist those in need. Feel free to contact me for more information on the recovery process and continue to join us as we support the families affected by the flood.
“There are no greater treasures than the highest human qualities such as compassion, courage, and hope. Not even tragic accident or disaster can destroy such treasures of the heart” Daisaku Ikeda
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