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HDR Teams: South Carolina 2016

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South Carolina 2016 HDR Team

 

Our 2016 South Carolina Humanist Disaster Recovery Team was the first deployment of the HDR Teams program. They worked in Columbia South Carolina rebuilding homes with our partner, St. Bernard Project, after flooding caused by Hurricane Joaquin in late 2015. The team trained, demolished the interior of a home, performed mold remediation, hung drywall, mudded, sanded, and primed homes in the area.

 

                                                    Photo: Day 1 Volunteers

Location:   

Columbia, SC

Dates of Deployment:   

January 2nd 2016 - January 9th 2016

Type of Disaster:   

Flood

Partner:   

St. Bernard Project

Number of volunteers:   

18

Number of hours donated:   

400+ (Being calculated)

 

Please check out FBB’s blog post "Our first Humanist Disaster Recovery Team deployment is live" for more on this deployment.


 

Nature of the Work

 

Demolition

 

 

Mold Remediation

 

Hanging / Patching Drywall

 

 

Mudding

 

Sanding

 

Priming

 


Quotes from the Deployment

“Our site managers told us it must just be the kind of group that we are because we all work so hard and she could tell that we care because of how much effort we put into getting everything done right." - Rebecca Vitsmun

“I've never worked harder for less pay in my entire life, and I couldn't be happier.” - Tom Amon

“Working with the HDR Teams was an experience I will never forget. My teammates were awesome and so positive, and we accomplished so many things working as a team. I hope I get to do it again. It’s rewarding to give back and help someone who needs a hand.” - Sara (age 14)

“So much is beyond words and expression. To give selflessly and to want to excel in charity toward your fellow human is what this project is truly about.

My new friends accepted each other and the task without a single complaint or hesitation save the regret of not having more time and money to commit to the project.

With our bodies tired everyday and spirits high every evening, we pushed on regardless of the task. There was no menial job, no insignificant duty, no prejudice, or preferences to be had.

Work needed to be done and we did it.

I want to personally thank Rebecca Vitsmun for her vision. People with vision make the world a better place. She truly has put love onto action.” - Thomas True

Team Members

Amy Monsky
From South Carolina

Cara Hardin
From South Carolina

Chasity Elliot
From North Carolina

Elaine
From South Carolina

Garrett
From South Carolina

Janney Woods
From Illinois

John
From Georgia

Mike
From South Carolina

Micki
From Georgia

Nancy
From South Carolina

Noelle George
From Texas

Raya
From Georgia

Rebecca Vitsmun
From Washington

Robert
From South Carolina

Sara
From Georgia

Sheila
From South Carolina

Thomas True
From Missouri

Tom Amon
From South Carolina

 

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