Pickens Co. family still homeless nearly two weeks after tree crushes home


PICKENS, SC (WSPA) – One family in Pickens County is still working to pick up the pieces from a storm nearly two weeks ago.

Katie Green and her mother have lived on Hendricks Road in Pickens for decades. Green tells 7News she was just getting home when a storm broke out and a tree crashed into her bedroom then a second into her mother’s bedroom.  While both were unharmed, what was salvageable was almost nothing.

Green said they didn’t know what their options were after they were left homeless by Mother Nature.

“You don’t realize the need for something until you are in that need,” Green said.

Pickens County does not have a shelter available for the homeless, a project Tracy Gantt and his wife Sunshine have attempted to complete for the last year. After months, they finally have a building, but it needs a lot of work before they can open for the community.

“We really need general contractors or contracting companies. We need people to come in and help build the shelter to get it open,” Sunshine Gantt said.

It’s people like Green and her mother that the Gantt’s hope a future shelter will help.  But for now, Green is staying in a hotel paid for by anonymous donors in the community.  That stay ends Wednesday morning.

“Our main immediate need right now is a camper or a portable building, something that we can call all roof over our head so we can continue cleaning up the debris up here on the property,” Green said.

If interested in helping you can contact the Tracy and Sunshine Gantt Ministries at gloryforhim2015@gmail.com.

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