Basilica of Saint Mary parishioners help rebuild home damaged by Hurricane Florence

A group of parishioners from the Basilica of Saint Mary helped rebuild a home in New Bern, North Carolina that was severely damaged by Hurricane Florence in 2018.  Earlier this month, the group installed a new roof with extensions to prevent water runoff from entering the home and started a major reconfiguration of the kitchen, bathroom, and storage areas.

“What was most remarkable is the way a group of individuals came together in a matter of hours to become a fully integrated and efficient team and group of friends,” said parishioner Chris Bahret, who helped organize the effort. “God indeed prospered the work of the hands of this group.”

The volunteers representing the Basilica made up a diverse group united simply by their common interest in helping someone in need. They ranged from having no construction experience to a professional general contractor, yet each was able to contribute in a material way to demolition, material preparation and staging, construction, and site clean-up. While the primary motive was to help get a less fortunate homeowner back in their own home, the volunteers had the opportunity to try new things and learn new skills along the way.

Around $15,000 was raised by the Basilica of Saint Mary to help finance the project. Much of that was contributed in a second collection during the weekend Masses on February 15 and 16.

There will be future opportunities to participate in New Bern hurricane relief efforts. Stay tuned for announcements.

Participants that volunteered in New Bern, North Carolina:
Week 1 (May 5-10, 2019): Fernando Alvarez, Chris Bahret, Kate Butler, Mike Butler, Stephanie Butler, Tim Deerr, Reina DuVal, Anna Fracasso, Mark Fracasso, Daniel Healey, Dan Lavanga, Jo Ann Moore, Madelaine Morgan, Leslie Murphy, Greg Smith, and Tim Swanson
Week 2 (May 13-17, 2019): Jim Barber and Jack Lynch

Click here for a photo album from the group’s work in New Bern, North Carolina. 

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