Robeson County, North Carolina was one of many counties that saw the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Although it has been months since the storm hit, citizens of Robeson County are still struggling to get back to the lives they once had. Over 600 families were forced out of their homes fleeing the storm and they returned to find that everything they once had, had been destroyed. Many families are still working to rebuild their lives and their homes, many lacking basic furniture or even a proper bed to sleep in. Thankfully, Good360 was able to connect West Elm to the United Way of Robeson County to facilitate a delivery of brand new furniture to families who need them the most.
The United Way of Robeson County works collaboratively, effectively and strategically to improve pressing local health and human service needs, while creating a caring and responsive community. Through their Disaster Recovery Committee, they work tirelessly to coordinate recovery services to individuals and families affected by any natural or man-made disasters in Robeson County. “The ultimate goal of the Robeson County Disaster Recovery Committee is to see all of our fellow residents fully recover from the disaster.” As one of Good360’s strategic nonprofit partners we were able to provide the citizens of Robeson County with brand new furniture from West Elm that will help them rebuild the lives they had before the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew. Although these kinds of items are not seen as an immediate need in the event of a disaster, they are critical for helping families feel like they will be able to regain what they lost due to the disaster.
Jesse’s family was one of many that lost everything fleeing the storm. When they returned to their home they found that all their belongings had been destroyed in the storm. After receiving the donation of brand new furniture, Jesse Allen remarks, “We lost all our belongings leaving the storm. These donations will help give us a new start.” Good360’s partnerships with organizations like The United Way and West Elm, help ensure that families affected by disaster are provided with the right resources at the right time in all stages of the disaster recovery process. Families like the citizens of Robeson County are in need of help when the disaster hits, as well as during the long-term recovery. Now that they have furniture to help rebuild their homes, they will be able to take one step closer to recovery.