Partners begin building homes for #Gatlinburgfire survivors

Partners begin building homes for #Gatlinburgfire survivors

Glenna Ogle (in blue jacket) joins wildfire-relief leaders as they dig shovels into the Gatlinburg, Tenn., lot where the first of 25 new homes will be built.


GATLINBURG, Tenn. (May 5, 2017) -- United Methodists from Holston Conference joined community partners to kick off construction of 25 homes for low-income survivors of last fall's Sevier County wildfires.

Two events occurred during the last week of April. On Tuesday, April 25, Appalachia Service Project and Mountain Tough Recovery Team led groundbreaking on the first new home in Gatlinburg. The event was widely covered by local media.

On Saturday, April 29, about 125 volunteers arrived at The Connexion in Sevierville, Tenn., for Community Build Day. Volunteers from all over east Tennessee, including many United Methodists, built frames for eight of the 25 new homes to come.  


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Annette Spence

Annette Spence is editor of The Call, the Holston Conference newsletter.