Fayetteville, N.C. — It’s been nearly a year since Hurricane Matthew came ashore in North Carolina, and many families and organizations are still struggling to recover. One of those is the Salvation Army.
Captain Matt Trantham will never forget the day flood water from Hurricane Matthew came rushing in to the Salvation Army shelter on Alexander Street.
“The first place that the water came in was the front door and then immediately after the family rooms on this side of the building,” he said.
During the storm, the building became a shelter to more than 150 people. When the shelter flooded, Trantham moved the crowd into the gym
The families that used to live in the shelter had to leave while repairs are being made to reopen. The storm also wiped out the kitchen which provided a daily love lunch to hundreds in need.
“Since the storm, and since the renovation, we have not been able to keep those programs open,” Trantham said.
The Fayetteville City Rescue Mission is helping to feed those who used to depend on the Salvation Army. About 200 people are served hot meals three or four times a week.
“They come though and have a hot lunch from 11 a.m.