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02/08/05

Homeless Man Given Home

A homeless man who was attacked last month in Pascagoula is getting back on his feet with help from the people of Jackson County.

Almost three weeks ago, Paul Huff and five other homeless people were attacked as they returned to their campsite. In addition to some cuts and bruises, Huff suffered a broken arm and leg.

Huff had just started working at Northrop Grumman and was about to move out of the woods.

After news of Huff's attack aired on WLOX News, the community came to Huff's aid donating clothes, blankets and money. Now several Jackson County businessmen are giving Huff a home.

Men from Trinity House Ministries began moving furniture into the used mobile home Monday morning. The mobile home was donated by area business men who wanted to help.

"We've all had opportunities in our life and it's a great way that we can give back from the community to somebody else," says Todd Trenchard who coordinated the donation.

"Hopefully he'll take this example and give back to someone else."

"He said this is a cross road where hopefully I'll be able to get on with my life and put this unfortunate experience behind me," Trenchard said.

Paul Huff is taking some big steps on the road to recovery, according to Salvation Army social worker Colleen Carman. She says his broken arm and leg are almost healed. In fact, he's supposed to have the cast on his leg removed this week.

And there's even more good news. Carman says although he had only worked there for one week, Northrop Grumman has agreed to keep Huff's job open for him.

That's why Trenchard says they want to make sure when Paul Huff is fully back on his feet, he hits the ground running.

"This'll give him a place to recuperate from his injuries and once he goes back to work he'll have a place to live," says Trenchard.

Trenchard says Huff lost everything he owned when his attackers burned his tent. But in the ashes he found something he never knew he had, the support of the people of Jackson County.

Since the attack, dozens of people have made donations to help Huff.

"It's the whole community coming together and that's what makes us so special here in South Mississippi," said Trenchard.

by Josh Ridgdell

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