Washington County VA

Volunteers build new home for flood victim

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - Two years ago, the Dry Creek section of Washington County, Tennessee was devastated by a flood. The flood wiped out homes and displaced families.

Jerry Hall lost the house he grew up in that night, and to make matters worse, Hall learned that his home was a rental, and did not belong to his family.

The flood left Hall homeless, and he was living in a small camper, until Appalachian Service Project stepped in and built him a new home.

Appalachia Service Project (ASP) provides one of the most rewarding structured service opportunities in the nation -- bringing thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families.

On August 1, ASP was able to present Jerry Hall the keys to his new home, located in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

The home was built with volunteer labor, mostly church groups, from as far away as Indiana.

Tim Bomgardner, ASP Supervisor, says the house they built  for Hall is one of ten houses they hope to rebuild in the area.

"We are building homes for people who really need it," said Bomgardner.  "Moving beyond disaster relief and now providing homes to people whose current homes are not fit for habitation. "

Bomgardner says they have two other homes currently under construction. One of the homes will be finished in a couple of weeks, and they other will be complete next month.

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