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Habitat volunteers keep coming to help

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By Doug Walker – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - There's nothing like the sound of progress. Hammers strike a chord that is music to the ears of Habitat volunteers. 

One of them is Katie Schwalbe from Wisconsin.  She was drawn to the coast by a sense of duty. 

"I belong to Peace Lutheran Church in O'Clair and we came down to serve and to help. And we know that this is a long term thing that needs to be addressed," Schwalbe said. 

Project Manager Jamie Morton came to the coast one week after Hurricane Katrina, and has been here ever since, working on dozens of homes.  

"It's awesome being able to see volunteers still coming down here five years later and still wanting to help out other people," Morton said.   "It's not like your everyday job, I guess." 

Elizabeth Hope is 22. Just like her last name, she is delivering that special commodity to those who need it most.  

"I just graduated from college last May and I wanted to take a year off and serve and help people and give back," Hope said. "I've had so much in life and I figured, why do something for myself when I can do something for other people?"  

Even through a lot of work remains to be done on the coast, the Habitat volunteers working on this project say they have seen a lot of progress since that giant storm. 

"A lot of things have improved, just everything. The housing situation has improved," Morton said. "You know, after the storm it was a pretty emotional place down here and it's come a long way." 

In addition to the home being constructed on Tucker Avenue, volunteers are also building another new home on Choctaw Avenue in Pascagoula.  Some of the volunteers will be here for up to two months.

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