Columbia, SC (WLTX)- Some families are still struggling to recover from the flood. For them United Way of the Midlands and St. Bernard Project are raising funds to help reconstruct their homes.
Bernice Troy Summers has been living with a broken roof since last year’s flood. From her living room to the bedrooms, bathrooms and even the kitchen, parts of the ceiling are falling apart.
She’s 71 years old and has been fixing what she can. She says she had the bathroom’s ceiling fall on her once as she was trying to fix it and when she was gluing the parts in the living room, she fell down the stairs and had to go to the hospital.
All the problems inside the home are because outside, the roof is covered with a tarp and that’s held down with some bricks. All covering a big hole, says St. Bernard coordinator Jamir Jumoke.
He says it would have taken 56 thousand dollars to fix it with a contractor but because of the help from generous volunteers the work will cost them 36 thousand dollars.
A high goal he says is worth every penny, to help people so resilient like Ms. Summers. “Columbia is a resilient community and Ms. Summers serves as a testament to that resilience so SBP to partner with other organization to give her some relief is a blessing in itself” said Jumoke.
If you’d like to donate, please visit Restoring Hope SC’s website by clicking here.