Habitat volunteers continue to help us rebuild

VANCLEAVE, MS (WLOX) - By Doug Walker – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hammers pounded out a rhythm that is music to the ears of volunteers, while the drill team put the finishing touches on the front door. A normally quiet country setting was full of noise Tuesday morning as Habitat volunteers went about the business of helping yet another coast family.

Shirley Riley works magic with a caulk gun. She knows the work she is doing is making a difference.

"It feels real good," Riley said.  "It really does feel good helping somebody else out and looking back and see what I'm doing, it feels real good."

Also feeling good is Steve Fiorello from Pennsylvania.  He brings a different set of skills to the job site.

"I'm a jack of all trades and a master of none," Fiorello said with a laugh.  "I do whatever is needed, like some carpentry work, or I'll do some painting or some caulking, whatever is needed to help out."

Even more than five years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Habitat volunteers from as far away as California still remember being astounded at what they saw.

"I was shocked," volunteer Brittany Powell said. "I remember hearing about it on the news and I was amazed that there was so much damage to so many people. But we're building it back up, slowly, but we're getting there."

And getting there is reason enough for these men and women to keep coming back and helping the coast recover.

The volunteers hope to have the home finished and ready for the Byrd family of Vancleave to move into by the end of the month.

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