Low-Income Homeowners Achieve Asset Security – Restoring the security of homeownership empowers people to transform their lives. It is a solid step upward, away from the stresses, health concerns, and high energy costs that accompany living in substandard dwellings. It is a base for attaining personal wealth and maintaining generations-old property.
Benefits to Individuals - Elderly can age-in-place; the physical and mental health of affected family members improves; those with disabilities experience a better quality of life through safe access; youth educational performance improves because of better household conditions.
Benefit to Communities – CRM's relationship-building outreach fosters the type of community engagement that empowers people to come together. CRM and their partners believe that by working alongside residents to rebuild their homes a model born of fellowship, trust, finding one's voice, and uniting around a shared vision is created that will provide the building blocks for transforming rural communities.
County Housing Statistics Improve - County and Municipal Governments provide CRM with the evidence that shows the number of low-income homeowners and the threats they are facing. Every rural county can point to areas where blight, dilapidated and unsafe structures, and crime dot areas previously occupied by homeowners. Where population loss occurs business closures soon follow.
Sustainable Low-Income Homeownership Model Grows - CRM believes their relationship-building outreach based on love thy neighbor will send volunteers home further equipped in loving thy neighbor within the communities that they serve. Together we incubate a strengthening network or bridge-building that can improve social outcomes and revitalize our connection to each other.
Carolina Rebuilding Ministry (CRM) began in 2011 as Christians Reaching Out in Sacred Service (CROSS). Volunteers were organized by the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church and sent to Plymouth to help make repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Irene. Reverend Jay Clark and other leaders of Plymouth United Methodist Church took note of the conditions in which so many lived throughout the community, and knew that the work of rebuilding to make an impact on poverty in this community had just begun.
In 2017 The Duke Endowment invested grant dollars with CRM to expand our infrastructure beyond Washington County into areas of northeastern North Carolina that requested assistance. CRM now also serves Chowan and Bertie Counties.
CRM Executive Staff
Jason Duvall, Executive Director
Rev. Jason DuVall, CRM Executive Director served ten years in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman Second Class; forward deployed to a Medical Logistics command overseas with the USMC. Jason served as a Site Manager for five years, for the North Carolina United Methodist Church Disaster Response Ministry as he and his team rebuilt 200 homes with the help of 6000 volunteers in Tarboro and Princeville N.C, also serving as the NCCUMC Volunteer Coordinator for Eastern NC. He currently serves as a half-time appointed pastor at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. email@example.com
Counties Served By CRM in Northeastern North Carolina
Carolyn Edmond, Senior Case Manager
Carolyn is a Halifax County North Carolina native with over 32 years of family and youth services experience. Early career years were in New Jersey as an Administrative Assistant at Family Intervention Services for 8 years then Administrator at The Children's Aid Society. Upon returning to North Carolina, Carolyn was a case manager at Edgecombe County Social Services 2000 - 2007 and Pitt County Social Services 2007 - 2015. She "retired" in 2015. In 2016 Carolyn was hired by Edgecombe County to organize Shelter Services and to assist FEMA and the State with Hurricane Matthew recovery where she and Jason joined forces. In 2018 she signed on with United Methodist Church Disaster Response and joined the CRM team with Jason in September 2021.
Sam Overton, Materials Handler
Sam is the youngest member of the CRM construction team. He is a Wilson County native. Growing up on a farm he is experienced in machinery and any repairs that need to be made. Sam also brings commercial construction experience to the team!
Board of Directors 2022
David Peele, Chair
Ronald Wesson, Vice Chair
Amanda Harrell, Secretary/Treasurer
David Blackman, UMC Beacon District Superintendent
Pamela Stallings, Director
Hilda Swain, Director
Neal Brown, Director
A.J. Riddle, Director
Leon T. Hardison, Director
Jason DuVall, CRM Executive Director