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‘Hope Panhandle’ repairs hurricane damage for local resident


PANAMA CITY, Fla. – So many Bay County residents had to leave after Hurricane Michael due to the lack of housing, but a volunteer organization made a difference to ensure one local family didn’t have to.

‘Hope Panhandle’ was founded after Hurricane Michael to help with the relief effort, but now they have partnered with SBP and Americorps to help with the housing situation.

On Friday they unveiled the latest house they’ve completed.

After two and half months of work they renovated, replaced the roof, and completely refurnished Gail Philyaw’s home.

She had not seen the house before the unveiling and her reaction was priceless.

“Ain’t no telling where I’d be at. I didn’t want this to go because it’s a family home and I said if I have to go back to work, I will go back to work because I had to get it fixed or something,” said Gail Philyaw, the owner of the home.

Gail lived in a trailer on her front lawn provided by ‘Hope Panhandle’ while the repairs were being made.

Volunteers say she always brought a smile to their face while they worked, bringing them snacks and water every time she saw them.

‘Hope Panhandle’ is currently in need of volunteers and donations. For more information about their organization and how you can get involved visit their website at

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