Appalachia Service Project and RISE West Virginia Program provide new home to family in need

Greenbrier County
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It was a day one Greenbrier family will never forget. On Friday December 21, Grace Duncan and John Harris became homeowners once again and it is all thanks to the Appalachia Service Project (ASP) and the RISE West Virginia Program. 

Chris Schroeder is the flood recovery coordinator with ASP. He explained why he continues to do this job.

“Days like this are always a good feeling,” Schroeder said. “One of my favorite parts is watching the family watch their house get built. This family like so many others has had a rough good at it the last 2 years.”

Even Governor Jim Justice came out to celebrate with the new homeowners. He said this was a long time coming. 

“These people have waited a long time and now they are in a new home and that is fabulous and it’s Christmas time and it’s really great and everything else. But their gratitude you know is unbelievable,” Justice said. 

Major General Jim Hoyer is in the West Virginia National Guard. He said he is grateful to all the volunteers that have helped in the recovery process since 2016. 

“You can’t say enough about the organizations that are involved in this,” Hoyer said. “The volunteer organizations through VoWad, all those faith based groups that worked during the flood and now working this recovery piece, ASP.”

General Hoyer and Governor Justice both said this is the first of many homes to be built and they will not stop until every person who lost a home in the flood has a new roof over their heads. 

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