West Virginia VOAD

From the Desk of Jenny Gannaway, Executive Director; A Special Thank You

June 23, 2017

Dear Friends,

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.

Sincerely,

Jenny Gannaway

Executive Director

 

“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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Letter of Appreciation

After 817 Days without Access, Elmer Brown Drive Re-Opens

June 13, 2017- After 817 Days without safe access to their homes almost One Dozen families of Elmer Brown Drive had life return to normal. Thanks to everyone involved!

 

 

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New Homes under construction in Clendenin, WV

10 new homes being built in Clendenin, WV. These homes are being funded and built by several of our member agencies! Thank you to Neighbors Loving Neighbors, United Way-Disaster Services, Mennonite Disaster Service, WV United Methodist Disaster Recovery and all who will volunteer their time and labor to build these homes. We are grateful for the wonderful VOAD member agencies and the work you continue to do to help families recover.

 

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One Eve of Flooding Anniversary; Five New Homes dedicated in Richwood

June 22, 2016- On the eve of the one year anniversary of the historic flooding in West Virginia five new homes were dedicated in Richwood. Thank you to WV VOAD member agencies – Neighbors loving Neighbors, Appalachian Service Project, Mennonite Disaster Service, Disaster Case Management Program and all others for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate Governor Jim Justice for attending the dedication and his words of encouragement.

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW. Construction Begins on Elmer Brown Bridge.

Construction began on the Elmer Brown Drive Bridge in Mingo County, WV on Memorial Day. Prior to the construction, VOAD in partnership with a local business removed the end span of the existing structure which joins the bridge to WV 65. The removal was done on Saturday May 13, 2017 in preparation of highway stabilization work to be preformed by the West Virginia Department of Highways beginning Monday May 15th.

For over 2 years now the almost one dozen families at Elmer Brown Drive has had to suffer the hardship of not having safe access to their homes, some forced to carry grocery’s over 1/4 mile. This construction which is expected to wrap up somewhere near June 16th will have these families feeling a sigh of relief once and for all.

A special thanks to:

Mennonite Disaster Service
Adventist Disaster Response
Art Opperwall  
Local business’
Local county, state, and federal officials

For making this bridge a reality. Also thanks to the many private donors who has contributed to the cause.

To view up to date photos of the entire process on the Elmer Brown Bridge please click HERE.