Nearly finished safe home for victims of sex trafficking flooded, now needs help

GREENE COUNTY, N.C. (WNCT) – A nearly complete safe home for male victims of sex trafficking was just one of the properties in Greene County damaged by flood waters following Hurricane Matthew.

Restore One was scheduled to open their safe home, called the Anchor House, in March. However, the floods have delayed that goal.

“These buildings were under water, but this vision is not drowned,” said Restore One Co-founder Chris Smith. “We’re going to pick things back up.”

Chris and Anna Smith said when they picked the property to build the home on in Greene County, they never expected floods this early. The two buildings are built in the 500-year flood plain.

“That type of natural natural disaster is not supposed to happen in our case except once every 500 years,” Anna Smith said. “So I think we’re both really shocked.”

But damage at the Anchor House could have been much worse had the Smiths not gotten a call on Sunday from friends at New Direction Church in Snow Hill.

Chris Smith said they had planned to go to the Anchor House Monday. However, after being told water was quickly rising Sunday, they changed their plans.

Michelle Galloway and her husband with New Direction Church helped in any way they could.

“We had enough guys that they could actually move all of the appliances up to the second floor, so that saved thousands of dollars,” Galloway said.

Smith said he plans to see a silver lining despite the recent tragedy.

“Us as Americans and us as citizens of Eastern North Carolina have the opportunity come together and help our brothers and sisters in need,” he said.

He estimates the Anchor House’s damage is around $80,000.

If you’d like to help Restore One in their clean up efforts, click here.

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