JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (July 13, 2022) - Appalachia Service Project (ASP) hosted a Home Dedication ceremony for five new homes in Humphreys County on July 26, 2022, for five flood survivors who lost their homes during the August 2021 flooding.
Among the dedicated homes was Gary Jackson, whose story was featured in ASP's first groundbreaking ceremony on April 6, 2022. ASP was pleased to dedicate Gary's home along with four other families' homes. Among them a veteran family, a family who lost a spouse in the flood, and elderly/disabled individuals and couples whose long-time homes were destroyed.
As the first anniversary of the flooding approaches on August 21, ASP honors the flood survivors and thanks the partners who impact the community and make disaster recovery possible.
These five completed homes are a part of ASP's 25-home commitment to help low-income residents of Humphreys County recover after the flooding. Each of these homes is mortgage free.
ASP constructed these homes in partnership with 3BM Construction, local contractors, and volunteers from Hope Force International, Beech Grove Baptist Church, Redemption City, Colonial Heights UMC, Triune Baptist Church, Westminster Presbyterian, Hodge Construction, Nazarene Work and Witness, Belmont UMC, Covenant Baptist, Strongtower Baptist Church of Andersonville, First Baptist Church of Fairview, and many other individuals and groups.
The homes were made possible by the Community Foundation of Tennessee, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati's Disaster Recovery Program, Tennessee Baptist Disaster Relief, Westminster Presbyterian, Waverly Church of the Nazarene, Waverly United Methodist Church, Waverly Church of Christ, Mullican Flooring, the United Way of Humphreys County, the Home Depot Foundation, Operation USA, Lowes, SBP USA and all the members of the Humphreys County Long Term Recovery Group.
Tennessee Housing Development Agency provided $500,000 in funding to ASP for this project.
Photos by Christa Lannom