A 95-Year-Old Pass Christian Woman Comes Back Home

At 95 years young, Josephine Bowser has seen a lot in her lifetime. But, there was one event that left her, like thousands of others along the coast, without a place to call home.

"After the hurricane, she was really upset and just confused, because she really didn't know what had happened to her home.  She kept asking, 'Where am I going to live? What am I going to do?' The uncertainty of it all was really hard on her," says Sonya Ashley, granddaughter.

Generations of family members had lived in the home. With so much family history rooted in the Pass Christian soil, the family made it their mission to get Josephine Bowser back home.

"It was a personal goal of mine, and I prayed and asked God to please make a way that she would be able to get back into her home while she was still with us," says Ashley.

With the help of the Pass Christian Rotary Club and Mennonites Disaster Services, Bowser got the keys to her home during a dedication ceremony Thursday afternoon.

"Everything looked nice very nice. I think it was a gift from God," says Josephine Bowser.

Bowser isn't the only one receiving this special gift. Her's is the 10th home the Rotary Club and MDS has built in the Pass.

"We're going to 100. And when we reach 100, we may do some more," says Milton Wheeler, Rotary Governor of Mississippi and Louisiana.

"It brings hope to us. There is help out there.  It just makes it more real that we will rebuild and we will get back in our homes," says Ashley.

"God is wonderful if you just put your dependence on him," says Bowser.

The Pass Christian Rotary Club and the Mennonites are completing four more homes in Pass Christian. Mennonites Disaster Services plans to stay on the coast for at least five more years.