OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - A veteran in Ocean Springs is getting a life changing home renovation. This extreme makeover is being done by neighbors and friends who live right here on the Coast.
"There's nobody else really doing this type of work in the community anymore," said Craig Steenkamp, with Back Bay Mission.
His organization started this project in February. He says back then, the veteran's house was unrecognizable. In fact, the city had deemed her property unlivable.
Five months and 200 volunteers later, Steenkamp says he is seeing Back Bay's philosophy in action.
"We rebuild homes. We rebuild lives. We rebuild neighborhoods. That's very very strong in this community, because as we're rebuilding the house, she's being rebuilt at the same time," said Steenkamp.
Once Back Bay was contacted by the city, the mission-based organization reached out. The first company to get on board with the project was Valspar Paint. Sales Manager Scott Jordan says his company usually works with larger nationwide organizations.
"This particular one feels even more special, because it's a much smaller group," said Jordan.
This project gave Valspar a chance to work with other local organizations, like Lowe's in D'Iberville. Lowe's manager Mike Pitts says that he and his employees were more than willing to get their hands dirty to get the job done.
"This is something we can have fun doing, definitely help somebody out, and we can see lasting impact and that's what we're here for," said Pitts.
With all three organizations pitching in, it was easy to see that there was one goal on everybody's mind; watching the owner open the door for the first time.
Steenkamp says the house should be completed just over a month from now. Without volunteers or donated materials, this project would have cost between $70,000 and $80,000.
All three organizations say they hope to continue this type of partnership in giving back to the community.