Many cities across the U.S. have adopted hurricane-ravaged cities across the Gulf Coast. But now, one displaced senior citizen from Biloxi has practically been adopted by an entire city.
Josie Tatum finally returned to south Mississippi, and her new family from Scottsburg, Indiana followed.
"It was unbelievable how they treated me," says Tatum. "They had me a little apartment ready. They had a little reception team ready. They had food everywhere. And I just think if it had not been for those people, I would not have survived."
Now those same people are in Biloxi with her to remodel her flooded home.
"We just want her to feel safe in her own home," says Scott Rosen. "Right now we're just trying to get her back to the basics, but then the next step is to really make it home."
"I've always wanted to know what God's people looked like," says Tatum. "Who would give up their lives for someone else? And this is what they're doing for me."
Rosen says Josie Tatum has been a blessing, as well as an ambassador.
"People's hearts were just touched with her story, which represents the story of all of east Biloxi."
Josie says it's impossible to express in words what a blessing they've been to her.
"Now how do I say thank you to these people who've come all the way from Indiana, Scottsburg, to help restore my house. What is that if it's not love?"