On October 10, 2018, Hurricane Michael made landfall in Bay County, Florida, devastating much of the Florida Panhandle. ReNew is responding to needs resulting from this storm.
Through extensive communications and a continual presence in the impacted communities, ReNew has found a needful partner in the City of Parker, Florida. Parker is located adjacent to Panama City, to the south and east. It is a small town of approximately 5,000 people (pre-hurricane) with some 2,500 individual housing units. The median income for a household in the city is $15,000 below the state average, and nearly 15% of the community lives at or below the poverty line.
One hundred percent of the buildings in Parker suffered some damage in Hurricane Michael, and according to Mayor Rich Musgrave, more than one-third of all structures inside the city limits will likely be deemed unsafe, condemned, and demolished. For a modest city with 30 employees, an operating budget of only $5 million, and facing a long-term collapse of revenue, the challenges are many.
ReNew’s partnership with the City of Parker will involve case-by-case assessments of the city’s residents. Those who are uninsured or underinsured, without access to FEMA reimbursements, or unable to pay traditional contractors for repairs, will receive priority. Such cases will be vetted by the Mayor’s staff and/or guidance counselors from Parker Elementary School. While general donations are acceptable, no fees will be charged for ReNew’s services or assistance.
Tim Ryals (you can email him here) is directing ReNew’s efforts in Parker. If you would like to volunteer for future projects or work days, contact him. As always, you can give online by following the link below. Feel free to download our Hurricane Michael synopsis here.
ReNew of Northwest Florida
16400 US Highway 331 South, Suite B, Box 275
Freeport, FL 32439
Federal EIN: 82-2916148