Habitat Habituals Hit The Coast

BILOXI (WLOX) -- Jillian Gross and Dan Garan are what you call habituals. They're dedicated volunteers who've built a lot of houses. They're also looking forward to the big reunion that comes along with this week's big build.

"It's wonderful to be at another Carter work project and to catch up with friends I haven't seen in over a year or maybe two years," says Garan.

Gross says her trip to the coast was more like a homecoming.  She spent a year on the coast volunteering after Hurricane Katrina.

"It's nice to be home, and it really felt like coming home," says Gross.

The two decided to come out a few hours before the big kickoff in Yankie Stadium to check out the Framing Frenzy site in Biloxi.

"The set-up is terrific.  It's obvious they've been here for a while.  They've spent a lot of time organizing and getting ready for this.  I know there will be a lot of happy volunteers banging nails tomorrow morning," says Garan.

These habituals say they're excited about the build and all the familiar faces they'll see but say they're always looking out for new habitual recruits.

"I think it's so much fun to be apart of all the energy. Some of us have been doing this for years, but it's really fun to see those folks out here for the very first time," says Gross.

While they plan to accomplish a lot this week, the habituals say its important work continues long after the week of building and reuniting is over.

"The most important thing about this is that it's not a week-long event.  This is the build up of two and half years and there's years to go," says Gross.