the residents of hope town deserve to have their homes restored after the total devastation of hurricane dorian in september 2019.
Imagine having your home completely destroyed in a matter of moments. When Hurricane Dorian hit Elbow Cay in September of 2019, that is exactly what happened to a number of residents of Hope Town – 70% of the structures on the island were seriously damaged in the wake of the storm. A handful of community member’s homes were completely destroyed. Fortunately, hope is on the horizon thanks to Hope Town United working in partnership with Seagate Construction Group and Abaco Construction on the Homes for Hope program.
Without your help, the Malone Residence, our first home and the pilot for the Homes for Hope Project, will not be completed on time. Our goal is to complete this project by September 2021. The Malone Residence will serve as the template as we continue to raise funds for other community member’s homes that were completely destroyed.
Here’s how to get involved. Together, piece by piece, we can help build this deserving family a new home:
- )Gas = $1,200.00
- Surveying = $2,500.00
- Landscaping = $2,500.00
- Kitchen & Bath Cabinet = $3,000.00
Donated by Hope Town United
- Interior Doors = $3,000.00
- Bathroom Shower & Fixtures = $3,000.00
- Exterior Doors = $4,000.00 (Donated by Kerry Sullivan Real Estate)
- Shutters = $4,500.00
- Cistern 5000 gallon = $5,000.00
Donated by Bob & Carol Carter
- Concrete Block = $5,000.00
(800 Blocks Donated by Methodist Church, 1100 more blocks needed)
- Plumbing Materials & Fixtures = $5,000.00
- Appliances = $5,500.00
- Waterproofing & Insulation = $6,000.00
- Plumbing Labor = $6,000.00
- Flooring & Labor = $6,500.00
- Septic = $5,000.00 (Donated by Eric Hull, Ms. Bryan Baldwin and Good Call Sportfishing)
- HVAC = $7,500.00
- Interior Trim = $10,000.00
- Painting Materials = $10,000.00
- Demolition & Site Prep = $10,000.00
(Donated by Hope Town Volunteer Fire & Rescue)
- Roofing Lumber = $11,000.00
- Exterior Windows = $11,000.00
- Covered Deck Labor & Material = $12,000.00
- Roofing – Cedar Shake = $10,000.00 (Donated by Eric Hull, Ms. Bryan Baldwin and Good Call Sportfishing)
- Exterior Hardy = $13,200.00
- Painting Labor = $15,000.00
- Electrical & Low Voltage = $15,000.00
- Framing & Shiplap = $17,000.00
- Roof Labor = $18,000.00
- Foundation Labor = $22,000.00
- Envelope Labor = $22,000.00
recovery begins with vernon's story
One look at pictures of Elbow Cay’s hurricane damage will quickly reveal a disheartening site: the extensive damage to the beloved Vernon’s Grocery and Upper Crust Bakery. Owner Vernon Malone is so much more than the longest-serving baker and grocery store owner in town. A direct descendant of Wyannie Malone, the founder of this unique community, this 82 year old resident has been in Hope Town since the day he was born. He serves as the town’s minister, the marriage officer, the Justice of the Peace, and like most Hope Town residents, he was far from ready for the destruction when Hurricane Dorian hit.
A day later, just a single part of his home was left standing – a fireplace and wall that Vernon and his father built together by hand from locally quarried stone. Vernon and his wife Barbara managed to fill it with the few belongings he had that survived the storm, sheltering them with a makeshift plywood covering. His store and bakery were all he and his family members had left.
Homes and businesses surrounding Vernon’s were all badly damaged or wholly destroyed, and he’s just one of the many individuals who remains today in temporary quarters. Fortunately, you can make a difference for Vernon and the other residents of Elbow Cay. Recovery is just around the corner.
Hope is on the horizon
Today, things are improving for the Malones and other residents of the island thanks to the efforts of donors like you. Hope Town United is working together with Seagate Construction Group and Abaco Construction as a part of our Homes for Hope pilot program to design structures on the island that are affordable, safe, resilient, and low maintenance for owners going forward. Each home is designed to preserve the historic Loyalist design and spirit of the island, with the addition of a concrete shell and core built to withstand future natural disasters and the test of time.
Vernon and Barbara are the first recipients of the Homes for Hope program, with more homes being built for those in need in the future pending the necessary funds. To date, $95,000 has been raised for the first home, with another $305,000 needed to complete this project by our target deadline of September 1st, 2021. To ensure that the Malones can get moved in and settled before the next hurricane season arrives, we need your help. Click here to make your donation today.