The countdown is on for a project that's tearing away the rotted wood and flaky sheetrock Katrina left in this Pascagoula neighborhood. Instead of a ticking clock, residents can plan to hear a lot of hammering for the next 100 days. Or at least until Maceo Denis Jr.'s home and 99 others are finished.
"I don't usually have good luck, but looks like it's turning around now," Denis says.
The 100 Homes, 100 Days project isn't about luck, it's about changing lives.
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? And I guess we're going to attempt to do 100 homes in 100 days," PR Director Tammy Agard says.
That ambitious goal is something Project leader Keith Canfield says is crucial to this area of Pascagoula.
"A lot of these people are elderly. We thought if someone doesn't step in here and do something, they might not come back," Canfield says.
Each homeowner will pay a different price for their home, based on their individual situations.
Denis says the feeling will be priceless once his home is complete.
"I don't believe until it's built, and they hand me the key, and I walk up there, and I pop up in the bed. That's another thing, I gotta get me some furniture!" Denis says.
And at the pace these volunteers are going in other neighborhood homes, that moment will be here quickly.
"I hope by the late summer we're talking about 1000 homes in 100 days, because this is going in 10 different cities at the same time," Canfield says.
Participants say the possibilities are endless for the project, and Denis couldn't be happier to be included.
Even if mine's the 100th, I'm happy," Denis says.
The Salvation Army and Red Cross are donating $1 million each to the project. If you would like to help with the 100 Homes 100 Days campaign, visit www.operationtlc.org.