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Hurricane Michael Survivors Awarded Brand New Homes

Jackson County recovery efforts. (ZUMA Press)
Jackson County recovery efforts. (ZUMA Press)(WJHG)
Published: Dec. 6, 2019 at 6:28 PM CST
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Four families got an early Christmas gift this year. North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group and Mennonite Disaster Service gifted brand new homes to Jackson and Calhoun county families. These families have no other place to turn.

North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group Case Manager Anita Halling says the Adkins family has shared so much love to their community that they had put their lives on hold. Now, it’s their turn.

“It’s almost like you're vibrating everything shaking. And it's hard to stand up because the whole house is just jostling and waving when a tree would break right by the house, you couldn't hear it, because the wind was so loud,” said Charles Adkins, Home Recipient.

Charles Adkins – a pastor, husband and father of three protects his family.

They were just picking up the pieces of losing his mother when category five Hurricane Michael broke their safe haven.

“Watching her wilt away, and then the storm happening and everything that we knew being destroyed or rapidly radically changed. It was, it was very different. It was almost like a, an alien landscape, just nothing was the same,” said Adkins.

The family of five live in a camper, but starting in January on their land the Mennonite Disaster Service team will build a new home here.

“We hope they feel at home. That's what we want to try to do is get them at home,” said Carl Dube, Project Manager, “First time we get to sit down with the clients, go over the plans and options and talk about well what color do you want your house outside and inside and that a lot for a lot of folks well we don't really care what color as long as we have a house.”

For Adkins, it’s about having a home for his family again.

“There's so many memories tied to where we've been for so long because they were all raised right here in these yards, and all of this is going away. But we're getting a home that nobody else ever lived in, and it's going to be ours we can make our own memories,” said Adkins.

“I’m excited and happy that god gave us a home,” said Cierra Adkins.

The North Florida Inland Long Term Recovery Group has gotten 46 new cases in the last two days. However, there is still more room to help.

If you would like to help families recover from Hurricane Michael visit northfloridainlandrecovery.org

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