Week-long house build will mark 10 years since Katrina

Week-long house build will mark 10 years since Katrina

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - A nonprofit group that's built and repaired more than 100 homes since Hurricane Katrina is celebrating that accomplishment by constructing yet another house. As part of a building blitz called "Back to Biloxi," the Fuller Center for Housing is hoping to have a house built and move in ready for a family by the end of the week.

With much to do in this short time, volunteers said it helps to have picked up a hammer and nails many times over the past decade.

"I feel all my life I've been very blessed by God with an abundance of family and friends and never needing anything," said Linda Welsh, volunteer. "I've reached the age where I'm retired, and I have time. This is my sixth time down here in Mississippi. It just makes me feel good to help others now who are not as blessed as I am." 
  
About 70 volunteers are in Biloxi this week helping the Fuller Center as it marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

"Over the years, we've been able to work with almost 100 homeowners getting people out of their FEMA trailers back into their homes, and in the process, we've come to know hundreds and hundreds of volunteers from across the country," said Carl Santillo, with the Fuller Center. "Looking back after 10 years, it seemed appropriate to try to get the group back together again. Have a little recognition of the tremendous progress that's been made in Biloxi. We couldn't think of any better way to celebrate than to build a house of two."

The house will be the new home of Dung Nguyen and his family.

"It means the whole world to me. All the people who come here to help. I don't know what to say," said Nguyen. "My family really appreciates all the help of all the people here, and we hope in the future we will do the same thing."

Volunteers are also doing repairs on houses in Biloxi and Gulfport.

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