Volunteers still coming to Brookport to rebuild

It’s a slow and steady process, but the Massac/Pope County Recovery Committee is still calling on volunteers to come to Brookport, Illinois, to build homes. 

Committee Chair David Leneave said the recovery efforts there are different than most because the vast majority of victims didn’t have insurance and don’t have the money to make repairs. 

He works with churches all over the country to line up help to build homes for the people who need it most. 

Westwood Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, is just one of the groups in town this week. Cheri Dykstra, the church’s family life coordinator, organized nearly 50 people, mostly teens, to make the trip and offer their help. 

“It’s amazing to us how long it takes to recover physically, mentally, and emotionally from such a trauma of a storm like that,” Dykstra said. 

Kylee Bain, a high school senior, is one of the teens who made the trip her spring break rather than going to a beach. She said most of her friends went somewhere with an ocean view, but she prefers painting window sills. 

“I didn’t realize you could build such good relationships,” Bain said. 

The team worked on two houses on Unionville Road. While they finished the dry-walling, painting, siding, and plumbing, they won’t get the whole house finished. Leneave said the next group will come in and pick up where they left off. They won’t stop until everyone who needs home repairs gets them.

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