Relief Recipient Gets To Return The Favor

When Karen Arseneau needed help rebuilding her hurricane damaged home, Wisconsin church groups rushed down to Biloxi. So when a family in Wisconsin lost its home in a recent fire, guess who rushed up there and volunteered her assistance?

Arseneau has a newly built wrap around porch.  It's the favorite part of a Biloxi home built by volunteers.

"It's just amazing to me, I just love it," she said.

The porch has a new swing. Arseneau often sits there and contemplates just how lucky she is. When Katrina knocked down her original home, Wisconsin church groups volunteered to help her get back on her feet.

"The legacy of Katrina is not going to be that I lost my house," she said. "The legacy of Katrina is I met all these wonderful people from all over the United States who came to help out."

So how does someone who got so much love and support from strangers repay them? In Arseneau's case, she rushed to Wisconsin when somebody there was in need.

"I wanted to pass on the blessing that I got to some other people," said Arseneau. "I mean I could sure empathize with them because I'd been in the same boat without a home."

When Arseneau heard one of the volunteers had family who needed help rebuilding after a fire, she took her RV, the one she lived in for 18 months after the hurricane, drove to Wisconsin, and returned the favor.

Arseneau has pictures from her mission hope. They're in the computer that sits right under a plaque. The plaque is from one of the Wisconsin groups that came to Biloxi when she was desperately looking for help and hope.

"It's just indescribable. It's just a blessing from the Lord, that's all I can say. It's just an amazing thing," she said.