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South Carolina Rebuilding Unit

The CPS unit house in South Carolina is a mile south of Mullins at 2007 Mack Arthur Rd.

We are primarily working at rebuilding in the small town of Nichols. This town was flooded by hurricane Matthew in October 2016. It is a small town with a pre-flood population of 358 people. Nearly the entire town was flooded, with many homes suffering moderate to severe damage, and several homes being destroyed. Most of the residents were forced to leave with only a few personal items and lost nearly everything they owned. There are still many homes standing gutted and waiting to be rebuilt, so the work should be ongoing for some time. Many people in this friendly southern community have expressed great appreciation for the efforts the boys have been putting forth. The work, although sometimes hard, is rewarding. The unit worships at home for one or more Sundays a month. The congregation at Cheraw is about an hour’s drive to the north, so the remaining Sundays are usually spent worshiping and fellow shipping with them. 

History of unit

The little town of Nichols. South Carolina lies eight miles south of the North Carolina border. It is a small community that includes numerous churches and 22 businesses. The town has 261 homes with a population of 359 in 2014.

Hurricane Matthew blew through the small town on October 8, 2016, dumping 18 inches of rain. The town thought they had been able to weather the storm, yet on October 9 the waters began to rise in Nichols and by the next morning nearly every business, church, and home was flooded. Many homes had 2 to 4 feet of water setting in them for nearly a week in 90 degrees weather.

It will not be an easy task to rebuild. Many of the community are elderly and will not be able to rebuild without some additional help.

FEMA has assisted in providing some assistance and UMCOR together with other sources have also provided support to this small community.

CDR began rebuilding about the middle of February and will continue until the first of April, after which CPS will continue from there.

West Virginia Rebuilding Unit

On June 23, 2016, 8-10 inches of rain fell in Greenbrier County, causing severe flooding. This are of the state is very mountainous with very little flat ground between the mountains. Therefore, the water rushing down the valley washed out roads, bridges, and destroyed many businesses. Fifteen people lost their lives and 111 homes were […]

Ingleside, Texas

Lee and Carol Nikkel and the four young men are settled in Ingleside, Texas, arriving December 14, 2017. They will be working with the Coastal Bend Recovery Group, doing renovation after hurricane Harvey. They are still organizing, but should start the their first project after the first of the year. Until then they will fix […]

Houston, Texas

The Houston area is a large, sprawling metropolis with a diverse population and many cultures. As happens anywhere where there are masses of humanity, there is an endless cycle of the sorrows and tragedies of mankind. In the midst of this, the six young men go to Memorial Hermann Hospital each day, hoping to help […]

Hartford Service Unit

<p><strong>Current News</strong>This unit is made up of four young men who volunteer in humanitarian service work.The current house parents are Jerry and Michelle Boese with their one son.  Two days are spent at Saint Francis Hospital, where the young men help out in the emergency department and in the transportation department, where they help discharge […]

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque is a beautiful desert city up against the Sandia mountains. Spanish is a common language in the people. Our work in Albuquerque is quite diversified. The boys work with Department of Senior Affairs of Albuquerque Thursday and Friday, building wheelchair ramps, steps, installing safety equipment and cleaning yards. They also work at the Presbyterian […]