"Lot of people think FEMA fixes the whole house but they don't," said NC Baptist Men team leader Billy Layton. "They don't give funding for essentials. The Good Book tells us to help one another. Majority of the volunteers have a servant's heart."
For the past year and a half, volunteers with the NC Baptists Mission have worked tirelessly to lend a helping hand to rejuvenate communities hit hardest by the storm. On Tuesday, they installed wood flooring in a two-bedroom home.
Disaster relief is just one of the @nc_missions many ministries. Tonight at 11: how their love for God is helping them rebuild communities in Lumberton nearly two years after Hurricane Matthew hit. #ABC11 pic.twitter.com/Om8IChyoDa— Akilah Davis (@DavisABC11) April 17, 2018
"The water had got up underneath the floor joints. When you get water like that it causes mold," said Hugh Motsinger, a volunteer with the NC Baptist Men.
The mission has allowed for the nonprofit to serve dozens. Mission leaders said on any given day between 20 to 80 volunteers show up to help out. Their work has breathed life and love back into homes like Doris McNeill's.
"It was just like a brand new house. It was a dream house," McNeill said.
Organizers said the materials used for each home total about $25,000. It's money that's been donated directly to the nonprofit. Those who volunteer say it allows those who lost everything to again live in the comfort of their homes.
"When you see a grown man cry from joy or a widow lady that had no help or hope, it makes it all worth it," Layton said.