|Photo by Jim White|
|Three volunteers help rebuild a house in Pulaski, VA.|
The Brethren rebuilding effort follows two devastating tornadoes in the towns of Pulaski and Draper, Va. Since late summer 2011, more than 400 volunteers have completed five new homes and helped repair dozens more according to the grant request.
The grant will underwrite operational expenses related to volunteer support, including housing, food, and travel expenses incurred onsite as well as volunteer training, tools, and equipment needed for rebuilding and repair.
Recently Brethren Disaster Ministries was asked to participate in a pilot project coupling its volunteer labor with block grant funds received by a local partner organization. The request includes the need to build three more homes for disaster survivors. Brethren Disaster Ministries anticipates that with the current caseload and upcoming projects, work will continue at the Pulaski County site through the summer.