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08/04/04

Church Helps Man Rebuild His Home And Life

A Hancock County man who lost the roof over his head to fire 3 months ago is getting a brand new home thanks to one local church and the business community.

Charlie Hodge watches as construction crews do the ground work for what will be a new beginning for him. " I always did want a house for my own." Said Hodge. Hodge has cerebral palsy. Two years ago, the camper where he lived was lost to the flood waters of Hurricane Isadore. A few months ago... fire destroyed another. When Chari Rapp heard the story she stepped in. "It really tugged at my heart because I've always been taught that when ever you see a situation that you should always put yourself in that person's shoes and I couldn't even begin to imagine having the cerebral palsy much less having to live in the condition that he was having to live." Rapp is coordinating the effort to build Hodge a new home, she met him at a convenience store shortly after the fire then got her church ,"Word Of Faith" involved. Hodge told WLOX NEWS, "In my thoughts she's an angel she's doing all this work for me." "When I met Charlie he was living in the hallway of the flooded out camper trailer. Conditions were terrible he was getting wet at night it was just not a good situation at all." Said Rapp.

The new home being built with donated materials and labor, will give Charlie a much more comfortable place to call home. Companies and community groups are donating everything from cabinets, a heater and air conditioner. Craftsmen are volunteering their time and skill to install wiring and much more. Hodge said , "People that don't know me is will to help me and that's amazing. I feel thankful." Although several building suppliers and craftsmen have stepped forward to help, Rapp says they still need a Plumber and a lot more building supplies.

If you'd like to help you can contact Chari Rapp at 467-3777.

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