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Anchorage receives "overwhelming support"

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Progress continues in the storm recovery at a Lee County substance abuse recovery center.

It's thanks to the generosity of many of you.

South Georgians rallied to help the struggling non-profit Christian rehab program after a thunderstorm caused major damage last week.

This big generator is still powering fans and dehumidifiers inside these buildings, trying to dry them out.

Since Wednesday storms ripped the roofs off two buildings, people, churches, and businesses, have shown how much they believe in the rehab center's mission.

when a powerful storm ripped the roof of buildings at the Anchorage last week, tarps were nailed over holes in the roof at the Anchorage, but two buildings still flooded from the heavy rain. Since then the fans and dehumidifiers have been working to dry out the walls.

Executive Director Kenny Phillips said "It's slow right now. The biggest thing we're doing right now is just waiting on wood to dry out, so we can go back in and tackle the products that are ahead of us."

The Anchorage is a Christian center that helps men addicted to alcohol and drugs.

They've treated 14 thousand men since the 1950-s. Officials say they have been overwhelmed with the community gifts.

Phillips said "Financial support, in kind donations, food, toilet paper, cleaning products, those kind of things. This community has just been so generous."

Even while trying to repair the storm damage, the Anchorage has worked to continue their substance abuse treatment for the clients. Many of whom have been displaced as they try to put their lives back together.

 Phillips said "They are kind of pulled at both ends and struggling to figure out what is next. We're trying to calm the seas and make sure they know we are here for them."

Anchorage officials say they need financial donations to pay for the repairs, but they also need lots and lots of bleach and pine sol type cleaning supplies, as they prepare to treat two entire buildings when the drying out process is done.

Anchorage officials say they are also hearing from former clients, who want to help the center that helped them. Four former clients from Atlanta, who are now plumbers and electricians, heard about the storm damage, and are coming back this week to donate their services.

Anchorage officials say you can drop off bleach at their center on Hampton Lane.

You can also make a financial donation online at their website.

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