Habitat for Humanity volunteers commemorate Hurricane Katrina

Habitat for Humanity volunteers commemorate Hurricane Katrina
King says she always leaves the Coast with a new skill. (Photo Source: WLOX)
King says she always leaves the Coast with a new skill. (Photo Source: WLOX)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Volunteers are still doing what they can to commemorate 10 years since Hurricane Katrina hit the gulf coast. Habitat for Humanity volunteers from around the country are working hard on a home in a new Pascagoula subdivision.

"I came in kind of part way through the building process with Habitat. I didn't know much about construction and have been able to give back through Habitat," site Supervisor Paul Waters said.

Waters says the project is a special build to commemorate 10 years since Hurricane Katrina left thousands of Coast residents homeless.

"We've created an environment that makes it worth people to come down. They see that we're an avenue to serve well in the area," added Waters.

Charlene King from California is one of the many volunteers that can't get enough of helping South Mississippians. She recently made her 21st trip back to the area.

"The work isn't done," King said.

King says she's been attached to the coast, ever since her first trip here that lasted seven weeks.

"A lot of what people don't know is the people in New Orleans just went through a lot and suffered a lot, mostly from water, but when I got here it looked like someone had dropped a bomb. It was just devastating," added King.

While King has no background in construction, she knows the help here is needed, and she's more than happy to lend a helping hand.

"I leave here with a new skill every time. I always come with that in mind. Like I've never done a hardy board. I've done siding, but this is my first time doing this in the nine years I've been working with them," she said.

King says she plans to be back to her second home, until the work is finished. After King's ninth trip to the coast, she started a non-profit organization called The Not Forgotten Project". For more information on the organization, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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