Camp Coast Care Makes Six Year Commitment To South Mississippi

A huge relief operation in Harrison County has been feeding and housing volunteers since the week after Katrina hit.

More than 12,000 volunteers have been working for Camp Coast Care, a church-based organization made up of Lutherans and Episcopalians.

The group started in September as a free clinic and distributed food and supplies to hurricane victims. Now, the volunteers are focused on fixing up homes so families can move back.

"We can buy materials, we can assist the homeowners. Sometimes they have resources, sometimes they do not. Sometimes they have some insurance, often they have nothing that was covered in terms of the damage. And together with them, in partnership, we're beginning to get the work done," volunteer Bruce Colville said.

Camp Coast Care is based on Espy Avenue. The group plans to stay in South Mississippi for at least six more years.