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Determined East Biloxi Man Building Dream Home

John Gines is awfully proud of his new home, all 2,650 feet of it.

"And this is the family room. We'll be putting a fireplace in there," said Gines, as he gave visitors a tour of the spacious house.

Katrina destroyed his old house, a much smaller one he'd just finished remodeling.

"When I watched the news, the first chance I got, I heard A.J. Holloway say he wanted Biloxi to be bigger and better," said Gines.

And he apparently took the mayor's comments to heart. Despite working fulltime nights at the shipyard, Gines began his home building project just weeks after the hurricane.

"I had to dig the footings by hand. With a shovel. I didn't have any heavy equipment. Couldn't find nobody to help me dig the footings, so that's one of the biggest challenges I had, when I did the foundation."

He tackles the project one day at a time, setting ten goals to accomplish each day, while buying materials paycheck to paycheck.

Family is this single dad's biggest inspiration.

"And this is my daughter, Tikera Lashay Gines," he said, pointing to the picture. The inspiring family photos are posted right outside the front door.

"I think it's kind of inspiring when I look up daily and I see them. And I work harder. I don't give up," he said, smiling.

Gines got some construction help from family members. The volunteer group Samaritan's Purse also donated labor and supplies.

"They said they wanted someone that had drive and that had get up and go. So, I think I was the guy that fit that description."

He is that description and more. Hard work and determination keep him going.

"When I took on this task, I said I wasn't going to give up. If it took day to day, week to week, paycheck to paycheck, we was going to get it done," he said.

You can bet no one is doubting him now.

Gines comes from a remarkable Biloxi family where hard work and the importance of education were stressed. He's one of 11 children. And all of those children earned their college degrees.

By Steve Phillips

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