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Biloxi house named in honor of Connecticut church volunteers

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The New Canaan house will be Hope CDA's transitional home for people to live in while their homes undergo major renovations. The New Canaan house will be Hope CDA's transitional home for people to live in while their homes undergo major renovations.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

It's a chance for South Mississippi to lend a helping hand to some Connecticut volunteers who have done so much for us. The Hope Community Development Agency named a newly renovated house in Biloxi in honor of Congressional Church of New Canaan. 

Volunteers from the church said it was touching for a house they helped restore to be named in honor of their church. They said what's more rewarding is knowing the house will be an answered prayer for families in need.

"As we've always said, if you want to experience and see God you need to go where God is," said volunteer Frank Lyon. "We found Him here."

The New Canaan house will be Hope CDA's transitional home for people to live in while their homes undergo major renovations. Officials said without the labor and $110,000 donated by the church, the project would not have been possible.

"They donated the moneys for all the materials, all the repairs," said Director Bill Stallworth. "They provided that to HOPE. We're were able to purchase this house out of foreclosure. They were able to give us money to renovate it. Now we have a beautiful addition to this neighborhood. So that's why those relationships are really important."

Because of that close relationship, Hope CDA is collecting relief supplies and toys for Sandy victims and has asked the church to help with distribution. Volunteers from Mississippi also plan to go to Connecticut.

"This is how things go around. They're in need. We want to go up there and try to help them," Stallworth said. "I want the people of the Gulf Coast to realize but for the grace of God go us. They came down from all over the East Coast and help us. Now is the time for us to turn around and help them."

Lyon said many people in the Northeast are still out of their homes. "They need some assistance. So having the people in Biloxi helping us that says a lot right there."

"We're all in this together. We're all brothers and sisters. We're all in this whole mess whatever it is," said Lyons. "You get through this.  It renews your faith in your fellow man."

The Connecticut governor's office said the price tag of Sandy's damage to businesses and homes is $360 million and climbing.

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