Christian Based Group Aims To Rebuild Neighborhood

A South Mississippi neighborhood is looking to its own to help rebuild a local community. Saturday, leaders of the Westend Disaster Relief and Development Association held a meeting to talk about the group's progress over the past year.

WEDRDA President Jutson Holton says the organization has a core group of volunteers who live in the community and some who are from outside of the community. Homeowners say they are thankful for the work that volunteers are doing.

"The house was in bad shape some from the storm and some from just being aged. They decided that they would do whatever they needed to do to bring it up to code to make it more livable and more comfortable for me and I'm very proud of that," says Harriet Marsh.

With 117 homes on the list, WEDRDA has it's fair share of work. But organizers say they will continue to help those in the community who don't have anywhere else to go.

"As citizens we don't know what to do, how to do, or where to go to get the things done. And when you go to the powers that be you get the run-a-round. They are constantly telling you, you need to do this and you need to do that. When actually you just need to be still and let the Lord have His way and He's going to work it out for you and He's worked it out for me and God knows I just feel so blessed," says Marsh.

So far WEDRDA has completed 12 of the 117 homes in its database. Volunteers are currently working on about 30 homes. If you are a skilled laborer and would like to volunteer, you can call 865-3980.