The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team collaborated with the Christian Community Development Fund (CCDF) and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to replace tarps on several homes in the area over the holidays.

CCDF frequently works with Auburn University students who come to the area to volunteer and 43 students descended at the end of last month and immediately went to work.

The students replaced 16 tarps on roofs in Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.

In addition to the re-tarping project the students also completed yard work and beautification, interior painting, built a handicap ramp, removed debris left from a trailer in Wewahitchka, and assisted local churches with property cleaning.

The Auburn University students visit this area frequently and enjoy the community fellowship as well as the ability to offer their services as part of their mission and values.

This project serves as phase one of the Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team strategic plan and a stop-gap measure to keep individuals homes from leaking until roofs can be replaced.

Phase two will be working with as many families and individuals as possible to replace or repair roofs using grant funding received from several sources.

If you are in need of assistance, The Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team encourages you to contact them via email at or call 270-8911.

If you wish to donate money to support recovery projects you can mail a check made out to Citizens of Gulf County Recovery Team and mail it to PO Box 1104 Port St. Joe FL 32457 or text recovergulf to 41444.