Hurricane Florence Impacts B&GH Campus

October 3, 2018 

Hurricane Florence impacts trolley buildingThe Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina campus in Lake Waccamaw sustained severe damage during Hurricane Florence.

“The most important thing is that our children were safe during and after the storm,” said B&GH President Gary Faircloth. “When we heard the strength and projected path of Hurricane Florence, we decided to evacuate our cottage residents and staff to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain.”

The evacuation took place on two charter buses from McKenzie Bus Company in Bladenboro the day before the storm.

“We also moved our teen moms, babies and their adult staff to a single building on campus located on high ground with a generator,” said Faircloth. “We were blessed that it was the only generator on campus that worked throughout the storm.”

The storm’s impact on the physical plant of the campus was severe.

“Unfortunately, all buildings on campus suffered some level of damage during the storm,” said Faircloth. “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.”

Hurricane Florence impacts Country StoreCurrent estimates have the losses not covered by insurance at more than $85,000, but the expectation is that figure will climb.

“Everybody is safe, that is the most important thing,” said Faircloth. “Our next step is to restore the campus to a place where beauty is a silent teacher and healer for these vulnerable children.”

To see additional photos of the damage and to follow the rebuilding process, visit http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org/hurricaneflorence.

To make a contribution to support the hurricane recovery process, go to http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org/donate.

About Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina

Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, Inc., has been helping children since 1954. Since then, more than 7,500 children have benefitted from the services of the not-for-profit, 501(c)3 agency. Its mission is to provide a comprehensive array of services for children and youth who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or other family dysfunction. B&GH offers adoption, family and therapeutic foster care, as well as residential care on the campus at Lake Waccamaw. The campus features a SACS-accredited public charter school with a middle and high school curriculum, vocational education, recreation facilities, farm, chapel and cottage life. As many as 260 vulnerable children are cared for through the residential and community-based services provided by B&GH at any given time. B&GH is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation.