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Young Detroit Builders Construct Homes For Pascagoula Families

At 19, Krystal Wright never finished high school and admits her life was on a downward spiral. That is until she joined Young Detroit Builders.

"It makes me feel good," Wright said.

And Wright says that feeling has only grown since she arrived in Pascagoula. Wright and eight young men have been working eight hours a day to help low income homeowners rebuild.

"Nobody is helping them right now, and that is what we do. A lot of these students are low income, they came from that background and they take pride in their work," Construction Trainer Gilbert Hall said.

Hall says the program shows young people the importance of volunteering while also teaching them trade skills.

"Since we have been down here, we have finished six different houses. We rebuild them and move people in as fast as possible."

And while these young people help rebuild communities, they are also rebuilding their own lives. As part of the program, each worker takes classes toward a GED and a construction certificate.

"It is a ten month program and they are in the classroom half the time and they are on job site," Hall said.

Eric Brown is a great example of the program's success. The 21-year-old dropped out of school, but his life is turning around.

"Seeing all the hospitality we are getting, and help we are giving, I am glad I came," Brown said.

It's a trip many of these young people say they will defiantly make again.

By Patrice Clark

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