“And my God shall supply all your needs according to
His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
Introducing Operation Gretta
Meet Ms. Argretta (Gretta) Dotson, left, and her daughter Kisha, right. They are standing in front of Ms. Gretta’s mother’s doublewide mobile home which was recently moved to a mobile home community west of Greenville.
Ms. Gretta is a strong Christian widow, who in addition to raising her own children, has the wonderful reputation of caring for children who have the misfortune of being born into dangerous unhealthy situations. She has raised several and is currently the ward for four children (ages 1, 2, 7 & 12), one who’s parents are deceased and the other three born to drug addicted single mothers.
Gretta and children currently live with Kisha who will be moving to a much smaller place on June 1. The moving of the home was in response to the need for more space. She has paid to have the home moved and underpinned. A relative has painted the interior. Unfortunately, due to her limited income of less than $1000 per month she does not have the resources to be able to do the remaining improvements before the June 1 deadline.
We have decided to step in and give her a helping hand. The major items to be addressed in the next four weeks are: replace the plumbing; replace the heating and air; troubleshoot and repair the electrical; add a back deck, stoop and front porch railing per code; replace floor coverings and replace broken windows.
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Operation Elizabeth - Mission Accomplished:
Meet Elizabeth Willingham and her daughter Zhaneka (19) who has cerebral palsy and requires 24 hour care. They live in Anderson, SC with Elizabeth’s two sons Kiante (15) and Anterious (5). After renting the wood framed home for seven years, Elizabeth was able to purchase it two years ago from Palmetto Liquidation Services, LLC . The aged mill house has numerous issues. The two most pressing are the roof and electrical wiring.
Elizabeth works twelve hour shifts, 7 pm to 7 am, at Fabrical in Piedmont, SC. Her total income of $2200 from working and disability for Zhaneka doesn’t leave room for the extensive home repairs required, especially in winter when her electric bills range from $600 to $900.We have completed replacing the roof, remodeling the bath & laundry, replacing the wiring, HVAC, and total kitchen remodel.
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Operation Bulah - Mission Accomplished: Ms. Bulah McCall (71) lives in Greenville, SC in a three bedroom one bath framed home with her son Vance (52) who is her primary caregiver. Vance’s wife passed away in 2012 and Mr. McCall passed shortly afterward.
The problems with the home were numerous. The plumbing was basically nonfunctional. They had no hot water in the bathroom. They had to heat water on the stove to take a sponge bath. They had to fill the commode with water using a bucket in order to flush, which was difficult for Ms. Bulah to do. She could not use her kitchen sink due to drain issues. The kitchen floor under the sink and cabinets was falling in.
We decided to give Ms. Bulah a big ole Christmas gift of a new kitchen and bathroom!
October 29, 2015: "God's Grace"
This past week we led our second team of early responders to Andrews, SC. The flood waters of the Black River had finally subsided enough to gain access to the homes that were most drastically affected. Our jobs included delivering school kits to Andrews High School, removing and scraping floor coverings from three homes, tearing down the exterior basement walls of a large home and a major muck-out.
Ms. Cathy Blease, a widow, had to wade through waist deep rising water to escape from her two story home with her two dogs and little else. During her seventeen years of ownership the water had never come close to entering the home. Within the next week she would come back by boat and sob as she realized the water was five feet inside the main living area on the second floor. It would be ten days before she could return to her soggy home.
Rev. Ken Phelps, the early response coordinator for the area, had assigned the top floor to a team from Murfreesboro, TN and the bottom floor which contained the muck, mire and mud to us. My first question to Ken was “what did we do to deserve this?” The TN team had brought two small front end loaders which apparently earned them the right to the “clean” floor duty. The loaders were great as they kept us from having to walk the 300 yards uphill in the mud to dispose of the contents of the house.
Before starting work, our devotion consisted of Cathy, the homeowner, explaining to us that she and her husband had named their beautiful home on the river “God’s Grace”. She was certain that it was God’s grace that had allowed them to live there and that He would help her rebuild. She thanked us for being the first true evidence of that fact and that everything was going to be ok. With full hearts our team of twelve intrepid souls waded into the dark recesses of the first floor.
One of the interesting aspects of this muck out was the space between the ceiling and second floor had been fully insulated. As you may know, it seems like insulation holds 500 times its weight in water. This was being held in by 4’ x 8’ sheets of OSB (wood). As Nick Tesone, among others, found out when pulling the OSB down one was treated to a shower of stale river water along with whatever seeped in from upstairs. In spite of it all, no one complained. God’s Grace indeed.We will be going back the week before Thanksgiving. We plan to travel on Monday and return Thursday.
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1. Pray for the victims as well as the early responders.
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3. MAKE A DONATION if you are unable to go but would like to make a donation that will be used 100% to help the flood victims. Thank you.
October 15, 2015:
We led a team of early responders to Andrews, SC. There we conducted over a dozen damage assessments, mucked out two homes and tarped the roof of Asbury UMC. Believe it or not, the Black river is still at flood stage so access to the most devastated areas was limited. However, we were able to access Ms. Emma Johnson’s home that had two feet of water and Ms. Eva Julious’ home that had six feet of water.
Imagine waking up in the morning and stepping out of bed into a foot of water. Imagine your panic as you wake up your daughter and one year old grand baby to escape with only the clothes on your back. Finally, imagine your horror as you return to your home of more than thirty years after having over six feet of river water and sewage running through it for a week. How hopeless and helpless would you feel? The sense of loss is devastating. Then a team of complete strangers shows up with a fancy SC ERT trailer and proceeds to rip, tear and haul all your water logged possessions to the street. In a day and a half your home is demolished down to the studs and slab floor. You pull aside anything that might be salvageable as you wipe away the tears. That is what happened to Ms. Eva Julious.
There are hundreds of stories just like this over the midlands and low country of South Carolina. Some were not so “lucky” as their homes are total losses. At least Ms. Julious may move back in some day.
It is heartbreaking, backbreaking, smelly, nasty but hope-building work. We will be going back next week.