Restoring Hope Rebuild Blitz
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COLUMBIA, S.C. — More than one year after the flood, still more than 1,000 families in the Midlands are in need of some home repair. United Way of the Midlands and national disaster recovery organization, SBP, are bringing together community volunteers for a 24-hour Restoring Hope Rebuild Blitz to repair the home of treasured, long-time Columbia resident Bernice Summers. The blitz will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, January 13 and run around the clock, through 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 14. The blitz is located at 4201 Ridgewood Ave Columbia, SC 29203. Groups like Ag First Farm Credit Bank, United Way’s Young Leaders Society, SBP, AmeriCorps members, and United Way staff will be volunteering to rebuild the home of Bernice Summers. Bernice Summers has resided in her Columbia home for more than 40 years. Having served as a foster parent to countless youth, her home served as a refuge for many during her time there. The October 2015 storm left a massive hole in the roof of her home as well as caving ceilings in the bedrooms, bathrooms, living room and kitchen. Her crawl space was also severely saturated, which caused both plumbing and mold-related health concerns.