Recovering from Florence

Hurricane Florence had a significant impact on our Boys and Girls Homes campus.

Our children's safety is always our priority. In advance of the storm, we evacuated all of our cottage residents to the mountains in the western part of North Carolina where they received only a little wind and rain. Our teen moms and babies stayed safely in one of the Janet Mitchell Winstead Lake Houses at one of the highest points on campus. A generator kept their power going throughout the storm.

Unfortunately, all buildings on campus suffered some level of damage during the storm. While our civic club sponsored cottages escaped major damage, shingles were blown off, there is damage to ceiling tiles, and some water damage to address. The damage to the rest of the campus is significant. The roof of the Lang Building, home of the J. Scott Johnson Vocational Program at Thomas Academy, was lifted by the wind and significantly damaged. The Leamon Rogers Memorial Chapel sustained water damage to both levels of the building. One of the newest structures on our farm was destroyed while several others were significantly damaged. Our Country Store has a hole in the roof, significantly impacting the building’s interior and damaging inventory. Many other buildings across the campus received water damage.

We are continuing to assess the damage sustained on campus to our buildings and other properties. We are updating information on our Hurricane Florence webpage as we begin the rebuilding process. 

Our number one need is to cover the expenses we are incurring as a result of Hurricane Florence.Our current best estimate of losses not covered by insurance exceeds $85,000, but we anticipate this figure will climb. This significantly impacts our resources on campus.

We know we cannot move forward without the help of our friends.

Will you donate to help us restore the campus to a safe haven for our children - a place where beauty serves as a silent teacher and healer?

Every donation will have an impact in our post-storm recovery efforts. We cannot do this without your support.

Gary Faircloth is the President and CEO for Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina.

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