A man who fled to Georgia in January to escape the devastating effects of Hurricane Florence is now homeless.
Michael McFarland told The Irish Press that he was a teacher at his alma mater, The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (CFTM), in Duluth.
He said he was forced to leave Georgia due to the extreme weather conditions.
“I was living in Atlanta when I was told I was going to be moved to Florida to be closer to a better climate,” he said.
McFarland’s experience has left him feeling isolated, and frustrated by how difficult it is for people to access help.
“[I have] no money to pay rent, no home to call my own and no other resources,” he added.
I don’t feel like a hero, he said, “I feel like I am not even a person.”
“When you are in that position, you are going to have to put your heart and soul into it, because it’s going to take more than a couple of days to make sure you are cared for,” he explained.
A woman who is part of the CFTM’s advocacy team said she has been flooded with support from members of the community who have taken the initiative to help him find a place to live.
She said they had offered to take him in for a few nights in their home, but he wanted to stay in Georgia, where he is a registered voter.
“We are all in this together,” she said.
“We are a group of like-minded people who all want to do what is best for each other.”
The CFTMs support has been overwhelming.
“I have seen hundreds of people come to my door to say ‘thank you’ for the help,” McFarlands mother, Susan, said.
“A lot of them have been very helpful, but I would like to thank everybody for their support and all the volunteers who have been coming to my home to take care of him.”
The group is still searching for a place for him to live, but McFarions experience has given him hope.
“It is a feeling of relief,” he told The Independent.
“I was scared about leaving Georgia.
I thought, ‘I’m never going to come back, and it’s never going be safe in Georgia’.”
I am a proud Texan and I am a patriot, and so I am happy to be here in Georgia.
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