(updated November 6, 2018)
Carmel is FOR those impacted by the recent hurricanes.
We actively work with the North Carolina Baptist Disaster Response to mobilize the Carmel Family in the most effective way to aid those impacted by hurricanes. Here's how we can make a difference:
Volunteers are needed in both Eastern North Carolina and Florida to work with NC Baptist Disaster Relief teams.
We have these 3 remaining trip opportunities to Lumberton in 2018. If you want to sign up for any of the below trips, email this week. Our next round of trips will start being deployed in late February.
Trip 1 - 11/08 - 11/ 12
Depart Carmel at 5:30am on Thursday, November 8 and return to Carmel the evening of Monday, November 12.
Team will conduct kitchen or mud out work.
Trip 2 - 11/11 - 11/14
Depart Carmel Sunday, November 11 at 5:00pm and return to Carmel the evening of Wednesday, November 14.
Team will focus on mud out and tear out work.
Trip 3 - 12/01 (Day Trip)
This one-day trip is Saturday, December 1. Departs Carmel at 5:30am and return in the evening.
Work will involved mud out and tear out.
- Lumberton is approximately 2 hours from Charlotte.
- Teenagers can join a recovery project as long as they are with a parent. Background checks will be required for the other team members participating if someone under 18 participates.)
A Note to Carmel From North Carolina Baptist on November 5, 2018.
Thousands of our neighbors throughout eastern North Carolina can’t go home. They are living in temporary housing or with family or friends because flood waters and wind from Hurricane Florence rendered their homes uninhabitable. This has been their fate since mid-September.
Imagine, if you can, the trauma, emotions, and pain suffered by those forced to flee with only the clothes on their back and a few precious belongings. Driven from their homes, many rescued in boats, they want nothing more than the ability to go back home.
In the hurricane’s aftermath it is estimated 1.2 million households were affected. Thousands of houses throughout eastern North Carolina must be gutted to replace damaged walls, floors, cabinets, and stop the growth of mold. Housing and property damage estimates total $5.6 billion—including the cost of housing storm survivors in temporary quarters.
Getting Hurricane Florence survivors back into their homes as quickly as possible is the goal of a pilot project linking North Carolina Baptists on Mission, State Emergency Management, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In Lumberton, Baptists on Mission is engaging with FEMA’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) pilot program “in performing work and services essential to saving lives, protecting public health and safety and protecting property.” The essence of this pilot program is to enable eligible displaced residents whose homes were damaged by the hurricane to take shelter in their own homes until the rebuild process is completed. FEMA stresses that STEP is not a permanent repair program but only “meant to provide the basic life sustaining needs for emergency sheltering.”
The role of Baptists on Mission is to make reasonable and necessary repairs so that a house is safe for sheltering purposes pending local building inspector approval. Currently, Baptists on Mission has several STEP house projects underway. More can be added as thousands of homes meet FEMA qualification for the program.
FEMA guidelines mandate that emergency work include providing utilities for potable water, hot water, HVAC, and food preparation. Other needs include a “functional kitchen, bathroom, sleeping accommodations, and securing and/or weatherproofing to include roof, walls, doors and windows.”
At this time there are not Carmel trips planned to serve with NC Baptist in Mexico Beach, Florida.
Donate through Carmel's Disaster Relief Fund.
100% of your donation to Carmel's Disaster Relief Fund will be allocated to trusted ministries on the ground in the impacted area. Please select "Disaster Relief Fund" when prompted to select a fund. Monetary donations help fund on-the-ground operations and gives flexibility to ministries to purchase exactly what they need, when the need it.
Lord, may the body of Christ unite and respond to clearly demonstrate the love of Christ through each gift and act of service. We pray for families that have been impacted (Ephesians 1:17-19), for the Church to fulfill her purpose (Ephesians 3:16-19), and for revival (2 Chronicles 7:14).
This page will be updated as we have new information so check back periodically.