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08/16/03

Volunteers Clean Up for Habitat for Humanity

Volunteers from all over Jackson County teamed up Saturday morning to help others. They cleared the yard of a Pascagoula home for Habitat for Humanity.

Betty Bensey started working at 7 a.m. Saturday--raking leaves and doing yard work.

"We've done a lot of weed-eating, raking," said Bensey. "We're getting ready to power spray the house to get some of the dirt off."

But she's not spending hours cleaning up her yard. She's getting it ready and giving up her Saturday for someone she's never met before.

"I think there are a lot of families in need of housing...especially along the coast," said Dianne Payne, also a Habitat volunteer. "And this is a nice home for a family and Habitat provides an opportunity for them to become homeowners."

"Because working together we make and build a better community, and it takes a team to help support a family that has limited resources," said Bensey. "It takes everybody working together so they can build their life up and prosper."

Volunteers said this house on Lanier Street in Pascagoula has been vacant for several years, but after fixing it up, they hope to move a family in soon.

Volunteers like Payne say they aren't just giving others a handout. The Habitat for Humanity recipient family will have to put in 400 hours of work into the house before they move in.

"They go through an application process and they are interviewed by the Habitat Board, so they are chosen by Habitat for Humanity," said Bensey.

Payne said she's just glad another family in Jackson County will now have a home.

"We just wanted to work for Habitat because it is a way for people to come together and to help others in need," said Payne.

Claire Nelson

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