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Michigan volunteer on a one-man Katrina recovery mission


By Patrice Clark - bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Imagine traveling to a state six times to help people you don't even know. That is the case for Michigan relief worker Robert Scholten, who's worked long hours to help storm victims rebuild from Hurricane Katrina.

Thursday, we found Scholten in Pascagoula putting up a new ceiling fan to help remodel a hurricane damaged home. He's a one man operation and loves it. 

"Anything they want me to go do, I do it," Scholten said about volunteering. 

Scholten's mission to help post-Katrina has had him racking up quite a few miles on his truck.  

"I have traveled about 18,000 miles since I have been coming down here." 

But Scholten doesn't mind. He still remembers the first time he came to help clean up Katrina's mess in 2006. 

"There were houses in the middle of the street, and all the rubble was still laying there," Scholten said. 

Scholten said he keeps coming back and working in home after home because the need is still so great. He refuses to ignore the devastation. 

"As long as there is a need for it, I will keep doing it." 

Fellow volunteer Dee Boreing, who met Scholten while on the coast, admires his work ethic and commitment. 

"We are not a headline disaster anymore, and people have forgotten that we are still here," Boering said. "There is still so much that needs to be done. But there are a lot of people that come, like Rob, that are so dedicated." 

Scholten said he's not looking for praise; he just wants to help people get back home, however long that takes. Scholten said he has also traveled overseas several times to volunteer for disaster missions.

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