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Boston Contractors Lend A Hand To Rebuild Homes

Several Boston contractors built frames for five house. Over the weekend, those frames were shipped to Gulfport. So were a handful of construction workers. Men like Ken Roderick have a week to turn frames into a comfortable place to live.

"Back home, I've been in need, too," Roderick said.

Home for Roderick is Boston. His hour of need came two years ago while he stood in his leaky house.

"A bunch of friends from the church gathered around me," he remembered. "And I was like what did I do. They were like we're coming next week to put a roof on your home."

As Roderick recounted the story, he looked around, saw hurricane debris, his team's rebuilding effort, and he started to smile.

"I know what it feels like. And it's just awesome to have an opportunity to give back," he said.

That opportunity came from a church based program called Operation Rebound. The program connected Massachusetts contractors with south Mississippi hurricane victims. Jim Dowd and his son participated in the program.

"It's something that you feel a need to do, to help others. And to be a testimony for Christ," Dowd said.

Five homes were sent from Boston to Gulfport. Contractors like Chris Dowd gave up a week's salary to drive to the coast and put them together.

"It's hard to express the words. But it's a great experience, one I would do again in a heartbeat if I could," he said.

His father said spirituality played a role in the decision to help.

"We thought about it, prayed about it," the elder Dowd said. "And we said it would be good testimony to come down and help out here."

Ken Roderick said it was one of the best experiences of his life.

"I mean it's been awesome. It's been great," he said. "To be able to at least come here and put down a couple of homes, and let somebody get back to normal, that's what it's all about."

The Boston contractors have been working with Reverend Eddie Hartwell of Gulfport. Hartwell has been organizing home rebuilding efforts just like this project with groups from all over the country.

by Brad Kessie

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