Community helps family replace burned down home


First Posted: 9/30/2009

ARARAT Two years ago, the Goins familys house burned down. A year and a half ago, they didnt have the finances to finish rebuilding their home.
But community members are making sure that two and a half weeks from now, the Goins will see their home undergo final construction.
Its an answer to a prayer, said Sharon Goins, who lives with her three children in a mobile home next to the unfinished house on Community Building Road, off of Ararat Road.
Paulette Welborn and Ararat Friends Meeting are spearheading the effort to raise $10,000 to buy the materials needed to complete the Goins house. Once the money is raised, the N.C. Friends Disaster Service will come down for a week to finish building the house. The group plans to work from Oct. 19 through 23.
To help raise money, the Ararat-Longhill Ruritan Club will hold a breakfast at the Longhill Community Building on Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m. For a donation, people can come enjoy eggs, sausage, biscuits, and more.
Welborn said, Weve got to raise $10,000 to finish … Theyre in dire need.
In August of 2007, the Goins family won a trip to visit Tweetsie Railroad and Grandfather Mountain. While they were on vacation, they got a phone call from a friend at 3 a.m. to tell them that their house was on fire.
I hated that it burned down, because we were on vacation and it was a shock to us, explained Alex Goins, who is now 8 years old.
Zack, 11, added, It was a depressing, emotional time.
The fire took place the day before school started. The Goins family couldnt salvage any of their belongings.
The whole house was in the basement, Sharon explained.
The community pitched in to help the children get school supplies. They even provided the labor to rebuild the familys home. But in April 2008, the familys money ran out and they couldnt get a loan. They had to stop buying materials for the house.
When the childrens father exited the picture last year, Sharon was left a single mom trying to raise three kids in a rundown trailer on a part-time salary. Sharon said she wasnt sure if they would ever get their house finished. She thought she would just use her yearly tax refund to complete a little more of the house each year.
But then Welborn suggested to the Ararat Friends Meeting, which she is a part of, that they should help Sharon and her kids.
Shes a very good manager and a very good mother, Welborn said of Sharon, who is her neighbor.
So Welborn and other groups in the community are now working to raise the $10,000 needed by mid-October. The N.C. Friends Disaster Service, associated with the North Carolina Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, will then send 40 to 50 men to complete the work on the house. Local churches and neighbors will house the men and feed them.
N.C. Friends Disaster Service works to build or repair homes for families of various faiths who have lost their home in some kind of disaster.
Welborn said, N.C. Friends go wherever they are needed … They are to be commended.
Soon after the N.C. Friends Disaster Service work on the home, the Goins family hopes they will be able to move in. The home will have four bedrooms and two bathrooms, which will be quite a change from the mobile home the family has been living in.
Of the trailer, Zack said, Its just not, if you ask me, fitable to live in.
The Goins trailer leaks frequently, so they had to put a tarp on the roof. The childrens bedroom does not have power, and the family is starting to feel cramped.
I like having my own house, because Ill have my own room, Alex exclaimed. Its gonna be awesome.
Montana, 7, is the youngest. She also dreams of having her own room. Their new home will sit on the same property that their old house did. The original home was built by the childrens great-grandparents.
Welborn and Sharon are working on other fundraisers for the future. Monetary donations can also be mailed to Paulette Welborn at 673 Ararat Road, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041. Checks should be made payable to N.C. Friends Disaster Service. For more information on the breakfast fundraiser or donations, people can contact Welborn at 374-9958. All money or supplies donated will go directly to helping the Goins family complete the work on its home.
Sharon said, It will just mean so much. I know the kids especially didnt think the house would ever get finished.
Contact Meghann Evans at [email protected] or at 719-1952.

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