Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center's mission to eliminate substandard housing in Tangipahoa Parish has certainly become even more challenging with the destruction created by Hurricane Ida.

As a deadly and destructive Category 4, Ida is estimated to have seriously damaged 1,000 low-income homes in Tangipahoa. For the state of Louisiana, Ida was the second most damaging hurricane on record behind only Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Of course, we cannot afford to lose these homes to the low-income housing stock.

Needing all the resources possible for the long journey of recovery, we’ve invited Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders to partner with us. This sister organization specializes in repairing and rebuilding homes after a major disaster.

As an affiliate of our parent organization, the Fuller Center for Housing, FCDR is unique in that their sole mission is to rebuild the homes of low-income, uninsured families in a major disaster area. For those without the wherewithal to rebuild themselves, FCDR has rebuilt homes in every major hurricane disaster area since Katrina. FCDR also has ongoing operations in eastern North Carolina (Hurricane Florence) and Lake Charles (Laura/Delta). They also recently served our neighbors in Livingston Parish after the Great Flood of 2016.

Of course, we can’t do this without our volunteers. With appropriate protocols in place, we are confident our volunteers can have a safe experience.

Volunteers can register online at http://fullercenter.org/disaster-rebuilders/ including paying the registration fee. If registering a group, contact Lyn Wilson below to confirm availability.

If you have any questions whatsoever, you can email or call: Lyn Wilson, volunteer scheduler, disaster-rebuilders@fullercenter.org (346.763.7499).

— Bartow Tucker, Danvers, Massachusetts

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