R3SM (Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi) coordinates restoration, rebuilding and recovery services to low-income families and individuals living in Mississippi’s Pine Belt. The nonprofit was founded in 2006 by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi as a long-term recovery agency to assist and support victims of Hurricane Katrina. An affiliate of the Mississippi Case Management Consortium, the independent organization’s work continues by assisting residents affected by 2012’s Hurricane Isaac, 2013’s EF4 tornado, the 2017 tornado, and the 2019 Pine Belt Flooding. Recovery work begins by delivering high-quality disaster case management to low-income individuals and families who meet eligibility criteria by focusing on the processes of assessment, planning, advocacy, linking and monitoring. Through partnerships with numerous community organizations, R3SM has repaired more than 500 homes and built 40
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R3SM in Action
Coordinate recovery services designed to alleviate suffering and stress for the people of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties who have unmet needs due to the occurrence of a disaster.
R3SM has coordinated the arrival of over 2,900 volunteers from throughout the United States and Canada who have given more than 99,000 hours of service. Their work has provided just shy of $2 million in labor costs savings. These cost savings allow donated dollars to be stretched farther so that homeowners receive maximum benefit.
The Community Volunteer House is open to all incoming volunteer groups. We are currently able to comfortably house over 50 volunteers in dorm-style bedrooms. We have male and female bathrooms, each which contain privately stalled showers and toilets.
Our mission is to help the PInebelt’s most vulnerable RECOVER from natural disasters, substdndard housing, economic crises, and the toxic effects of chronic poverty, REBUILD homes, communities, and lives, and RESTORE health, financial stability, dignity and hope.
We do this primarily by:
- Providing case management
- Recruiting, housing, and mobilizing volunteers
- Attracting and administering grants
- Creating dynamic partnerships to maximize impact
Facts & Stats
R3SM’s economic impact in the Pinebelt totals well over $20 million in the span of 13 years.
R3SM has recruited, coordinated, and housed over 2,390 volunteers who gave over 100,000 hours valued at $21/hour, equalling $2.1 million in free labor since 2017.
Volunteers worked with us assisted in over 500 major repairs and built 44 new homes in the Pinebelt: approximately $10 million in value
Serving clients in Forrest, Perry, Greene, Marion, and Covington counties following 2019 Pine Belt Flood. In 2012, 1,588 clients served in Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties through our Case Management Services.
Since 2006, R3SM has received and administered over $11.7 million in federal, state, and private grant money used for assessment, case management services, and direct assistance to individuals.
- 2006-2010 – Hurricane Katrina recovery
- 2011 – Continued Hurricane Katrina recovery through the Mississippi Development Authority’s Neighborhood Home Program
- 2012 – Hurricane Isaac
- 2013-2014 – EF4 Tornado, Mississippi Tornado Program through the Department of Labor’s National Emergency Grant Program
- 2015 – Affordable Housing Program
- 2016 – Mississippi Flood Relief
- 2017 – Hattiesburg EF 4 Tornado
- • 500+ homes repaired
- 44 new homes constructed (28 homes constructed since 2017)
- 10,000-square-foot, two-floor Lucas-Varnado Volunteer House opened in 2013
- $11,700,000 funds dedicated to the organization’s mission
- $2.5 million reimbursed to case management services
- $1.3 million dedicated to managing services through the National Emergency Grant Program
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