Woodmont has authorized a new mission group for assistance to individuals who have been affected by natural disasters. The new program, called House of Hope, will build pre-fabricated exterior walls for homes destroyed by tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Hopefully, this will be an ongoing mission project. We will be working in partnership with Hope Force International (HFI).
The walls will be built at Woodmont and shipped to the prepared home site and erected by volunteers to form a new 1,200-square-foot, two-bedroom home. We will need approximately 12 to 15 volunteers on Saturday, April 22, to build the walls. One home typically takes approximately four hours to build. We are hoping to complete two homes for our first build. We will need volunteers to help load the walls onto the semi-truck the following Sunday after our staff blesses them.
This program can be applied to many different disaster and building locations. For the cost of $20,000, a family will receive a sealed structure including windows, doors, and a roof. After the walls are built offsite, they are then loaded onto a truck and driven to the new home site. Volunteers will then erect the house and add the final touches for a new home. If our Woodmont volunteers so choose they can even travel to the homesite to assist in the construction.
Thereafter, additional volunteer groups step in to finance and install the electrical and plumbing systems, as well as insulation and drywall. By erecting the walls off-site, it reduces the expense and the time needed on-site. It also allows volunteers with little to no experience to assist the survivors!
Our April project will assist families in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. On December 10, 2021, an EF-4 tornado with 190 mph winds touched down in Mayfield and traveled 150 miles carving a path through Kentucky. There were 57 fatalities and 515 injuries with 50,000 people left with no power.
Woodmont is in an enviable position to help with this project. Thanks to your generous donations we already have the necessary funds and we have the space in our parking lot to build the walls. Our next step is to find willing volunteers. As mentioned, we will need 12 to 15 volunteers on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 900 AM Additional volunteers will be working with our Burnt Offerings mission group to provide lunch with the assistance of our CWF.
If you are interested in assisting with this project or projects in the future, please contact Beth Sowell at firstname.lastname@example.org or (615) 512-2242.