Volunteers work to keep Katrina rebuilding group open

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - By Krystal Allan – bio | email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - With steady hands and compassionate hearts, a church group from Solana Beach, California, is working on a home build in Ocean Springs this week. They're also working to save the camp behind the build.

"I'm gonna to see what I can do to raise that money," said Rick Hein with Calvary Lutheran Church.

Camp Victor needs to raise $35,000 to stay open through the end of the year. The camp operates under the Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi. Though facing a possible closure, camp leaders say they still have 15 houses to finish this year.  In addition, more than 60  projects have been approved, but now face an uncertain future due to funding.

"How do you go in to a homeowner and say, 'I'm sorry, we can no longer do that.' We want to finish our commitments and to do that we need to raise that $35,000. And we're getting closer to our goal every day," said Kelsey Bloom, a Camp Victor volunteer coordinator.

Jeremiah Young is relying on the non-profit he started, as well as his talents, to save Camp Victor.  Church volunteers say it was Young who got their group to come down.  He's volunteered many times on the coast as part of an ongoing documentary.

"I got excited about this one when I saw Jeremiah's video, and I could sense the excitement in the room. The kids really got their arms around this," Hein said.

"I'm gonna try to hit as many churches, as many civic groups and as many organization as I possibly can so I can help raise money and they can continue doing the work that they do," Young said.

The volunteers believe it all boils down to helping neighbors in need.

"We're folks looking after folks. That's what we believe in and that's what we act on," Hein said.

Camp Victor still has $23,000 left to raise. To help or find out how to get others to help, you can call (228) 875-0313. You can also visit Camp Victor's website at www.futuresforfamilies.org.

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