New Home Makes Moss Point Woman's Christmas Shine

A single key represents the best gift Reathia Clark has ever received.

"If it wouldn't have been for Ms Carla coming over and getting everything started, I never would have had a home," Clark said.

Thanks to the group Rebuild Jackson County and a host of volunteer organizations, Clark's wish became reality.

"She was a widow; everything she got from the storm to help her recover was taken by a forced mortgage payment to her mortgage company. And it left her in a FEMA trailer, sitting beside her condemned home with no way to ever recover from it," case coordinator Carla Poole said.

But Poole helped Clark overcome what seemed impossible. After nine months of donations, grants and volunteers, Clark is getting back on her feet with a two-bedroom, one-bathroom home. This dedication isn't just a gift for Clark. It's a blessing for those who have helped her along the way.

"It makes my Christmas to be able to give something like this to somebody that is so deserving," Poole said.

"It is Christ's birthday, and I mean it was a special time to my husband. Christmas was the most special holiday that he loved, he just loved Christmas," Clark said.

This year, she won't celebrate what's under her Christmas tree. Clark is thankful for the home that surrounds it instead.

This is the second home Rebuild Jackson County has dedicated this week. They plan to break ground on two more homes in January.