OneCompassion is excited to reveal the completed exterior project of the Earp home in Raleigh, North Carolina! After walking with the family after they lost their son in July, OneCompassion was privileged to coordinate and complete the project with help from community member volunteers and local businesses. We will continue to support the Earps with our Holiday ministry and help many other families that are nominated through our Build ministry.
On July 1, 2018, Jeremie Earp, 36, saw an 8-year-old boy struggling in the water near the Little River Dam, and he heroically jumped in to save him. While he was able to hold the boy above water to be rescued, Earp tragically disappeared under the water himself. Two others jumped in to pull Earp to land and perform CPR, but efforts were unsuccessful, and he died giving his life for another.
Jeremie’s motivation for moving back to his parents’ home, and ultimately, his final wish, was that the exterior of his parents’ home be renovated, secured, and made accessible for them as they face other hardships. His parents, Vickie and Randy Earp, were nominated for OneCompassion’s Build ministry and after OneCompassion met with the family and attended their late son’s funeral, they began coordinating the project. Initial assessment showed that the Earp home needed a lot of love and labor after being warn down from weather and woodpeckers that drilled their way through all sides of the house. After three days of volunteer work and vendor support, the exterior was demolished, then new windows, insulation, wrap, and siding were installed and fresh coats of trim paint were applied. The project was completed thanks to OneCompassion, One27 Homes, Arrow Outdoor Services, Goldsboro Builders Supply, Eastern Aluminum Supply, Inc., Season to Season Lawncare and Landscaping, and JDR Inc.