The home will be located in Gulf Park Estates in Ocean Springs. Area ministers blessed the homesite to symbolize the Christian fellowship that will help build the home. Habitat chairman Al Sturgeon says although he has groups set up for volunteer days, more are always welcome.
"So if we've overlooked anybody, it's just our problem because we're new, but we're looking for groups and individuals who are willing to come out and help us build our first house. And hopefully next year we'll be able to build several more houses in 2003. So the more the merrier," he said.
Deborah Davis will be the owner of the new home. She is a single mother with five children. Her oldest son, Carlous, says he's excited about how happy the new home will make his mother.
"She's been trying to get a house for us ever since I was 15 and she just wasn't able to because we kept moving around," he said. The Habitat group wanted to get Deborah and her family in by Christmas, but because of problems getting the land, they were unable to do so. But Davis said she'll just be happy to have a place to call home.
"I don't mind waiting. I've already waited so long. I'm just so excited," said Davis. Ground was broken today and the group hopes to start building next month so the house will be ready by Spring.
To find out how you can help, call the West Jackson County Habitat for Humanity at 228-326-8440.
By Jennifer Holliman