Alvis Christian, Sr. serves on the board of The St. John Culture and Heritage Foundation, Inc., and sponsor of Homes for St. Johnians. He is a native St. Johnian living in Coral Bay and is one of hundreds of locals committed to Homes for St. Johnians project.
Christian is a community activist and currently the leader of the Virgin Islands Unity Day Group, Inc. for the entire island of St. John. He also serves on the Board of Stewards for the Emmaus Moravian Church in Coral Bay and is the Founder and Board Chair of the John’s Folly Learning Institute for children, also in Coral Bay, St. John.
Homes for St. Johnians is a fund established by The St. John Culture & Heritage Foundation, Inc. to aid in the rebuilding of homes of St. Johnians’ damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma, Jose & Maria. The focus is on raising monies to fund the purchase of building materials, employing local workers, coordinate volunteer labor and aid in the successful processing of relief from FEMA and other government and charitable agencies.
Chaliese Summers has a deep passion for sustaining the culture, economy and character of St. John, USVI. Hers is an appetite to preserve heritage borne of direct personal experience over many years.
She is the Managing Member of The Summer’s End Group, LLC, developer of the St. John Marina, The Yacht Club at Summer’s End. She is on the Board of Directors of The St. John Culture & Heritage Foundation, Inc. the non-profit sponsoring and promoting Homes for St. Johnians. Both organizations—with an emphasis Homes for St. Johnians—are Chaliese’s passions with the latter dedicated to seeing that all St. Johnians have shelter and security after Hurricane Irma destroyed or rendered uninhabitable 90% of all homes on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. In daily communications with locals, Chaliese learns firsthand the imminent and long-term needs that must be met to ensure locals are not forgotten; many families reach back eight generations on the tiny island that most Statesiders know more as a vacation destination.
The St. John Culture & Heritage Foundation, Inc., The Summer’s End Group and related teams on St. John are being joined by hundreds of local St. Johnians in the long-term recovery of their much beloved island. It is an inspiring effort. The St. John Culture & Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 whose ultimate mission is the protection and promotion of the unique culture, heritage and sustainable future for St. John’s native people.
The St. John Culture & Heritage Foundation, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit whose EIN is: 82-2957116.