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Volunteers help construct five new homes in Hancock County

By Jessica Bowman – email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Five freshly painted homes were dedicated to five families affected by Hurricane Katrina on Friday in Bay St. Louis. The Bay Waveland Area Chapter of Habitat for Humanity made the dedication possible after more than 100 volunteers joined together and constructed the two to five bedroom houses.

Final touches, cutting, nailing and strokes of paint were complete before the final dedication to the Mioton family.

LaDonna Mioton said, "Habitat has made it possible with the volunteers without them this would never have happened."

22 high school students chaperoned by four teachers from Scranton, Pennsylvania arrived on Monday. They took a concrete slab and turned it into a home.

Marie Donnelly said, "We put all the walls up. We had to build all the exterior walls, bring them in, raised them built all the interior walls and we took up all the roof trusses and laid the roof."

"I want to be able to get dirty and give back to those who need something more than I needed and it's just been humbling to see these people. It was just great because to whom much is given much is expected," said Molly Feeney.

Scranton Preparatory School Senior Molly Feeney said the most important part of constructing the 1,100 square foot home was also the easiest.

"Painting the siding because it made the house come together once you saw the blue it felt like more of a house," said Molly Feeney.

More than 100 volunteers from five different organizations worldwide made the new green efficient houses in the Seal Ponte neighborhood possible.

Wendy McDonald said, "This is huge to get this far in one week and the subs can come and work when there's no volunteers here."

Now that the structural part of the homes is finished cabinetry, flooring and drywall will be added inside to complete the project.

LaDonna Mioton said, "It's taking a long time to get where we at and we're finally here we're finally here and this it."

The family will be able to move in, in about three months.

The Bay-Waveland chapter of Habitat for Humanity is constructing 26 homes in this one area alone. Officials said because of the volunteers donating their labor they can pass that savings on to the homeowner.

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