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God's Katrina Kitchen May Be Moving

"Hot dog? Coming up," said a smiling volunteer at the noon hour lunch line.

God's Katrina Kitchen in Pass Christian has served thousands of meals to storm victims and volunteers. The faith-based outreach that began with a visitor cooking burgers has expanded into one of the most recognized relief centers in South Mississippi.

But the rent-free land the center is located on, will soon be developed.

"Basically, we are needing to get off of the property where we currently are located," said Vicki Weesner, who helps direct the ministry.

They've found a Good Samaritan willing to provide a sizable piece of property off Camp Avenue in West Gulfport.

"We would like to basically move our current organization over there and proceed with giving assistance to individuals on the Gulf Coast," she said.

Weesner says the faith-based outreach is much more than meals. Teams of workers are headquartered there.

"We have currently completed seven homes that we've rebuilt. As well as we've done hundreds of rebuilding and remodeling projects, things to help families get back into their homes."

Volunteer leaders say the proposed new location is an ideal spot to continue the ministry. Not only does it offer convenient access off Highway 90, but this area is still clearly recovering from the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina.

Mary Giles is a volunteer from Florida. She sees opportunity beneath the tents.

"Besides feeding the hungry, we are feeding souls," she said. "And besides me ministering to them, they minister to me. I've grown a lot just working with these people, these loving, wonderful people who still need a lot of help."

It's help the volunteers say could just as easily be offered in West Gulfport.

"We want to be here to help those that are still in need," said Weesner.

The proposed relocation must be approved by the Gulfport City Council. Council members will consider the request at their October 3rd meeting.

By Steve Phillips

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