When we think about a disaster, we think about preparedness, response, clean-up and recovery. What many may not realize is the recovery process can take months or even years. Carteret Long Term Recovery Alliance is a non-government, non faith-based organization committed to provide assistance for the duration— with hope, encouragement and help in the form of housing, counseling, advocacy, and even rebuilding your home! They work on a strictly volunteer basis partnering with other groups in the county, and with you, to get the job done.
Rev. Robbie Phillips helps Carteret County families and communities rebuild after disaster strikes.
Question: What is your mission statement?
Phillips: “The Mission of the Carteret Long Term Recovery Alliance is to provide recovery services to individuals and families affected by Disasters in Carteret County. Services will be provided regardless of the individual’s race, creed, color, gender, disability, or religious preferences. The goal of the Carteret LTRA is to see all of our fellow residents fully recover from the disaster. We will provide assistance to residents with unmet needs as determined by our case management process.”
Question: What services does your organization provide?
Phillips: “Full Disaster Case Management, Recovery Resource Table (hear cases, find resources to support any unmet needs the survivor has), Volunteer Team Coordination, Construction Coordination, Find funding sources and work to secure grants, financial donations and coordinate funding sources, Work with partners who have resources to help survivors with their recovery and minimize duplication of services, Work with National, State and Local Government to oversee the long term recovery process, Help organize and manage supply donations, Support the emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the community by working with mental health organizations and churches, Work with policy makers to help change and fine tune the long term process to make it faster, efficient and easier, Work with partners to educate and prepare to community with disaster readiness awareness, materials and trainings, Help educate the community about the Long Term Recovery Process; How can the different organizations help, Insurance, Volunteer Organizations, Non-Profits, Legal Aid, etc.”
Question: What are some of the best ways for someone to support your organization?
1. Financial donation. We are partnered with United Way of Coastal Carolina. They serve as our Fiscal Agent. 501c3. Donations are tax deductible.
2. Put together a work team and contact us for projects that are suitable for the team’s skill set.
3. Volunteer within the organization, get involved in a committee, come to our regular members meeting, become a member
4. Make referrals, let your neighbors know about the organization. Spread the word!!!!”
Question: What is one thing that folks might not know about your organization?
Phillips: “We are here to support all the residents of Carteret County recover from disasters. Anyone can get stuck in the process. We can help with insurance issues, legal issues and just watch over the process and walk recovery with you. The survivors who receive financial resources are the most vulnerable residents: elderly, disabled, lower income families. We prioritize accordingly.”
Question: Who is someone in your organization that you’d like to recognize for their hard work?
Phillips: “Our Case Management Committee and Construction Committee are phenomenal!!! The Chair of Case Management is Amy Jones and the Chair of Construction is Jim Buckingham. Both of these individuals and their committees continue to work tirelessly to support survivors recovering from Hurricane Florence and Dorian. They both are highly skilled and caring in what they do.”
Question: What do you love most about being a non-profit organization in Carteret County?
Phillips: “We truly feel like we are helping our community become resilient in the face of disasters, specifically countywide disasters like Hurricane Florence and Covid. We love helping our neighbors and are passionate about helping the most vulnerable.”