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March 3, 2013

Recovery organization making big difference

March2Recovery organizer says goals are within reach; nonprofit expects to close at year’s end



The umbrella of services orchestrated by M2R have included making a mortgage payment during an insurance lapse, providing home furnishing, assisting with medical expenses and even referring people to other agencies that can better meet their needs.

“We anticipate eight to nine complete rebuilds. There will be another 13 mobile home replacements,” King said. “The rest are just rehabs. Some are significant repairs to houses, like whole wings of it, but it is not [a rebuild] from the ground up.”

She said M2R has been involved in the building and rebuilding of homes spearheaded by other organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, but that involvement can be limited to paying for a new septic system or other peripheral needs.

“As far as work completed, we are working on at least half of them. Only about a third of them are completed. Some are 60 percent along, some are 80 percent along,” she said.

King said the rate of completing the projects depends heavily on the amount of volunteers available.

“It just depends on what volunteers are in town that weekend,” she said. “And, if they have the skills to do the stage that you are on.”

She said 71 construction projects have been approved through MR2.

“We are at least touching half of them,” King said. “But others know they are down the road. We have completed one house. W e have two others that are about 90 percent right now. They are all at different stages.”

She said the M2R team works to determine the a family’s specific needs and organize, primarily, volunteers to respond to those problems.

“What we provide are the materials — construction materials. We will contract for specialties like plumbing or electric, but the rest is through volunteer work,” King said. 

Each family is receiving an average of $20,000 through the organization, but the payments could be $5,000 for one family and $60,000 for another, depending on the households’ needs, King explained.

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