OHio (Dayton area)


On the night of may 27th into the 28th, 2019 the Miami valley region of Ohio was struck by as many as 1 7 tornado touchdowns........

current project:


Justin's home had been sitting, untouched since just after the tornados.   He was able to find a roofer to patch the rafters and put on some shingles to prevent further damage, but nothing more had been done since.   We've been at work on Justin's home for a couple of months now.   Progress is slow with a few occasional volunteers but it is moving forward.  We started by adding hurricane ties, gussets and collar ties to the rafters.   Re-framing support beams rafters and joists that were broken.  Re-constructing the bedroom wall which had been caved in by airborne debris and replacing deteriorated framing and adding support to the original structure as we go.   

We are getting ready to start re-constructing the back porch which was demolished and installing the vinyl siding outside.   Inside it is time to start hanging new drywall..... Hope to see you there!

This week's work:

* Complete Soffit & Vinyl Siding

* Complete minor electrical

* Drywall Hanging & Finishing

* Minor interior re-framing (bathroom door opening)


Terrie's home was a total loss, and her insurance was not enough to pay the contractor to rebuild it.   Sharing Hope ministries was able to step in, and with the help of volunteer labor (to include the contractor) she now has a modest, but beautiful new home.   While Marcy and I were working in Trotwood other SHM volunteers got the home built, painted and ready for trim, doors and finishing...that's where Marcy and I stepped in as SHM time in Ohio concluded and they returned to Pennsylvania.    We finished and painted the garage, installed doors and trim, installed the kitchen cabinets and appliances, installed the bathroom cabinets and fixtures, the garage door opener, insulated the attic and installed the electrical devices and fixtures.

      Terrie and her daughter are now moved in and settling into their new home!

Illen's home was devastated by the tornado.   She thought she was one of the fortunate ones... she had insurance and she was able to find a contractor.   Unfortunately her contractor, after being paid most of the insurance money, failed to do work that would pass inspections and ultimately left without completing the work. 


Together with Sharing Hope Ministries we were able to repair the framing to sound structural condition and finish her home... a window unit a/c will have to do until she can afford to replace the ac condenser which was stolen after the tornado, but she is home, safe and sound!







The roof and half of the second floor of Irene's home was gone.   Unable to find a contractor, it had sat for more than a year...  Working with Sharing Hope Ministries, we didn't completely finish the house, but we demo'd the damage, re-decked and framed the second floor and re-roofed.

   Now the elements will not further damage the house until she can get contractors to finish the work!



When considering where to go next (from West Virginia), we were able to connect with some friends from the Dayton, Ohio area and came up over the 4th of July weekend to pitch in with Brethren Disaster Ministries to do some tree clean-up...


4th of july weekend

The call to build

P.O. Box 80

Plainfield, PA  17081



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