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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


Columbia, SC

Dates of Deployment:   

January 2nd 2016 - January 9th 2016

Type of Disaster:   



St. Bernard Project

Number of volunteers:   


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





Mold Remediation


Hanging / Patching Drywall









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

From South Carolina

From South Carolina

Janney Woods
From Illinois

From Georgia

From South Carolina

From Georgia

From South Carolina

Noelle George
From Texas

From Georgia

Rebecca Vitsmun
From Washington

From South Carolina

From Georgia

From South Carolina

Thomas True
From Missouri

Tom Amon
From South Carolina



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