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N.C. Baptists On Mission plan to live in Lumberton, rebuild 1,000 hurricane-damaged homes

The group wants to rebuild 1,000 hurricane damaged homes within two years in the state, all done by volunteers (WPDE)

On Wednesday, Baptists on Mission had a ribbons cutting for their brand new location in Lumberton.

It's been seven months since Hurricane Matthew hit and Billy Layton still gets calls nearly everyday from victims needing their homes rebuilt.

"Not just us, FEMA, and the state also, we see this as being a three- to five-year project for homeowners to get the homes rebuilt," Layton said.

Layton is a supervisor for the North Carolina Baptists On Mission.

The group wants to rebuild 1,000 hurricane damaged homes within two years in the state, all done by volunteers.

Normally all those volunteers would stay at churches. Now, they'll be housed and fed here at their new Lumberton center.

Right now, they plan to be in Lumberton for two years.

Layton's hope is that the site will be used to house supplies to send all over the east coast.

"If we could move some equipment to the East Coast to have it ready for different storms, it would make it a lot more efficient, so that's what I see it being," Layton said.

Right now, the Baptists On Mission is working on 21 homes with 125 on their wait list.

Baptists On Mission says they're always looking for volunteers.

If you don't think you have the skills, they'll teach you. Each volunteer takes a two-day course before beginning work.

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