ST. MARTIN, MS (WLOX) - Your next home could be under construction in St. Martin and you don't even know it yet.
Wednesday morning, church and community leaders broke ground on an elevated home off Dismuke Avenue which will be raffled off as part of the St. Vincent de Paul Home Giveaway. The 2100 foot home is valued at $250,000, and will feature many custom amenities, including an elevator.
Tickets are on sale now for $100 each, and only 5,000 tickets will be sold. There's a limit of 50 tickets per person. If enough tickets are sold, the winner will also receive $50,000 to pay the tax bill that comes with such a huge prize.
All the proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which operates out of the Biloxi Catholic Diocese. Their good works include a community pharmacy, food banks, and even helping people pay their utility bills.
"It's going to inject a lot of help into our mission, diocese wide. And it's going to help us make the goal of helping the poor, and we're all called to help the poor," said Kenneth Powell, president of St. Vincent De Paul.
St. Vincent operates a pharmacy next door to the clinic. The doctors are very grateful for the help for their patients.
"St. Vincent is a big help for them for them. We can send the patients over there, we write the scripts, and they pretty much take care of those patients that can't afford any other way of paying for their medications," said chief medical officer Dr. Mike Dorcik.
Andrew Alexander with Foxhole Promise, LLC is building the home, and it's an effort that comes from his heart. He said he fell on hard times several years ago, and couldn't contribute the way he wanted to. Now that times have changed for the better, he feels this is his calling.
The home and the grounds were blessed Wednesday by a very special guest, former Biloxi Bishop Joseph Howze.
The drawing for the home will be held on November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving. For more information on tickets, visit https://www.svdphomegiveaway.com/