published : 2023-09-29

Samaritan's Purse Dedicates Homes for Kentucky Tornado Survivors

First 16 homes of a 60-home subdivision will be given free of charge to tornado survivors

A photo of Franklin Graham standing in front of the newly constructed homes in New Hope Acres, Kentucky, captured with a Nikon D850.

Samaritan's Purse, the international Christian disaster relief group led by Rev. Franklin Graham, is set to dedicate the first homes in a new subdivision for families devastated by a 2021 tornado.

On Dec. 10, 2021, a series of tornadoes swept through western Kentucky, causing significant loss of life and extensive destruction. Many families in Mayfield, one of the hardest-hit areas, lost everything.

In response to this devastation, Samaritan's Purse constructed New Hope Acres, a 60-home subdivision specifically designed for families who lost their homes in the tornado.

The organization will be dedicating the first 16 of these homes on Friday, Sept. 29, and presenting them to their new owners free of charge.

Samaritan's Purse, a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization, has been providing both spiritual and physical aid to those in need around the world since its establishment in 1970.

Since the storm cleared, Samaritan's Purse has been actively assisting the Mayfield community in clean-up efforts and long-term rebuilding.

An aerial shot of the Mayfield community showing the extent of the tornado damage, taken with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro drone.

New Hope Acres, the housing development built by Samaritan's Purse, will consist of fully furnished homes provided free of charge to the owners.

The subdivision will feature houses with two, three, and four bedrooms, accommodating the various needs of the families affected by the tornado.

Latasha and Dennis Hayes, survivors of the tornado who sought refuge with their loved ones at a friend's house, will be among the recipients of these newly constructed homes.

Having emerged from such devastation, the couple considers themselves incredibly blessed to be starting afresh in a new home.

Samaritan's Purse expresses its gratitude for the opportunity to respond to the immediate and long-term needs of the Mayfield community, stating that they are providing these homes to the people of Mayfield for free as a demonstration of God's love and care.

In addition to the 60 homes in New Hope Acres, Samaritan's Purse has been involved in other construction and rebuilding projects, including the construction of 14 homes and plans for seven more in the greater Mayfield area.

A close-up photo of a family receiving the keys to their new home in New Hope Acres, capturing their expressions of joy and gratitude, taken with a Canon EOS R5.

The charity has also supplied furniture to 100 families who lost their belongings in the tornado and installed a total of 174 tornado shelters.

Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse, expresses his gratitude that the organization has been able to respond promptly to the disaster with the aid of numerous volunteers, and that they can now provide these new homes to help families get back on their feet.

Thus, Samaritan's Purse aims to show the people of Mayfield that they are not alone and that they are supported by a caring community.

This endeavor by the organization holds the potential to make a profound impact on the lives of the tornado survivors, providing them with hope and a fresh start.

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