Couple returns home almost two years after Hurricane Matthew

Elijah and Dorthy Coleman cut the ribbon on their repaired home that was damaged during Hurricane Matthew. (Photo: Matt Bennett/WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) —  A Wilmington couple that Hurricane Matthew forced out of their house almost two years ago, is finally back home thanks to some charity work.

The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, or WARM, hosted a ribbon cutting this morning.

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Using money from the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency, WARM organized the repairs, which included a new roof, siding, repairs to walls, floors, and ceilings, a new HVAC unit, fridge, oven, and more.

The owners of the home were extremely grateful.

“They did it with so much love, like they wanted to be here, You know, sometimes you get contractors, they come in they work, but these people, they did it like it was their own home. They treated it real nice, and then they were nice to us too, so that made us feel good. And, I don’t know, I’m just happy. And I just thank God for us to be able to get back into our home,” said homeowner Dorthy Coleman.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for assistance, contact WARM at 910-399-7563. To find local partners providing assistance in other disaster-affected counties, click here.