"There was a lot of water in Gadsden," said Angela Scott, a resident of the South Carolina town. Most would call that an understatement, since last October's days-long torrential downpour caused floodwaters to reach several feet in depth. The floods damaged Scott's roof, which let water into her home, ruining her floors.
The floods damaged more than just a house; they disrupted a gathering place. Scott has one child and "some kids I call my children," who often stay at her home, though none live there. Another part time resident in the house is Scott's mother, who shares her time between her daughter's home in Gadsden and a son's home in Atlanta.
This spring, volunteers helped her with repairs. Week of Compassion has been supporting the project and many others like it as part of the Disaster Recovery Support Initiative, a partnership between the Disciples, the United Church of Christ, and the Church of the Brethren.
"Mr. Sheaffer and his crew came in and redid the floors in the great room and bathroom, and put up sheetrock in the bathroom," Scott said. "It meant a lot to me--it was a blessing. I was just so amazed that someone would take the time to come in strictly to volunteer their services to do the work, not taking anything for it. I had never seen anything like that. They came in with the materials, took the time and did an excellent job."
Scott wanted to do something to thank the workers. "I wanted to feed them, but they insisted they had brought their own lunches." Still, she persisted. "One day my mom fixed fried and baked fish, mashed potatoes and green beans. Another day, I made sandwiches. Other days, I served danishes and fruit."
With fish and danish, roofing and flooring, Scott's home is becoming a gathering place once again. Your generosity and partnership helped make it possible.
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