Lutheran Volunteers On Habitat Building Blitz - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Lutheran Volunteers On Habitat Building Blitz

Habitat for Humanity volunteers are building a half dozen new homes in the Sweetbriar subdivision of St. Martin.

More than two dozen volunteers are with the group Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

"Thrivent has an alliance with Habitat for Humanity that is providing $125,000,000 towards Habitat for Humanity. And that's just in a four year period," said volunteer Larry Moore of Indiana.

Those doing all the hammering and sawing come from many places in America.

"We're from Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Kansas," said Moore.

Ohio's Elaine Koch is catching on with the hammering, but may catch flack over her sweatshirt in SEC country. She proudly wore an Ohio State shirt.

"Well, I'm in Mississippi so I had to wear Ohio State," she said, predicting a Buckeye victory over LSU for the national championship.

Dale Oelker is a Hoosier with a heart for sharing. This Habitat project and mission trip seemed the perfect fit.

"You see progress almost immediately. We started with just a slab on Tuesday morning and now we've got framed walls and it really starts to look like a house. Each day you see a lot of progress and that's pretty rewarding," said Oelker.

The building blitz in St. Martin is the latest indicator of Habitat for Humanity's success in the area. This week alone, Habitat will dedicate a half dozen homes in Jackson County.

Dedicated Lutherans from the Midwest and Northeast are the latest participants in that success story. They'll take home memories and more.

"Many laughs, and some smashed fingers!" said Larry Moore.

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast hosted a home dedication in St. Martin Thursday, not far from the construction site. Five more dedications are happening in Gautier on Friday.

By Steve Phillips

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Now: Traffic returns to normal on I-10 near Ocean Springs

    Now: Traffic returns to normal on I-10 near Ocean Springs

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:11 AM EDT2017-08-17 13:11:44 GMT
    This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)This is the scene on I-10 after a multi-vehicle wrec (Photo Source: MDOT)

    All lanes of Highway 90 are now open. A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman says an 18-wheeler crossed the median on Interstate 10 Thursday morning, causing a deadly series of accidents. It was just before 6:00 a.m. That truck was heading west near the Ocean Springs exit. Suddenly, it veered left, crossed the median and smashed into a motorcycle on the eastbound side of I-10. The MHP spokesman says that motorcycle driver died at the scene.

    More >>

    All lanes of Highway 90 are now open. A Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman says an 18-wheeler crossed the median on Interstate 10 Thursday morning, causing a deadly series of accidents. It was just before 6:00 a.m. That truck was heading west near the Ocean Springs exit. Suddenly, it veered left, crossed the median and smashed into a motorcycle on the eastbound side of I-10. The MHP spokesman says that motorcycle driver died at the scene.

    More >>
  • Dangerous heat could lead to heat related illness

    Dangerous heat could lead to heat related illness

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:03 AM EDT2017-08-17 12:03:27 GMT
    Dangerous heat expected across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on ThursdayDangerous heat expected across the Mississippi Gulf Coast on Thursday

    Thursday forecast temperatures are in the low to mid 90s. Not too unusual. But, the heat index will rise to dangerous levels for the first time this summer.

    More >>

    Thursday forecast temperatures are in the low to mid 90s. Not too unusual. But, the heat index will rise to dangerous levels for the first time this summer.

    More >>
  • WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    WLOX Editorial: Louisiana flood solution, not a good deal for South Mississippi

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:29 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:29:52 GMT

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>

    We are not strangers to flooding on the Mississippi Coast. Nor are our neighbors to the west in Louisiana. There are forever ongoing efforts, planning and discussions about how to mitigate flooding. But a recent study by the Rand Corporation is more than a little disturbing.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly