South Mississippian Lights His Own Path

BILOXI (WLOX) -- It's a tireless effort to rebuild East Biloxi. The East Biloxi Coordination for Relief and Redevelopment Agency, also known as HOPE Coordination has been working since Hurricane Katrina to get dozens of families back into their homes.

Tuesday, after helping so many other families get back into their homes, one worker with the organization now has a place to call his own.

"He came aboard and started working with us full time in helping build these homes," says Biloxi's Ward 2 Councilman Bill Stallworth.

He says electrician, Art Coleman is proud that he's able to turn the lights on in is own home.

"It was kind of sad when you walk into somebody's house and it was so complete and you don't have nothing. You just had to be proud for them," coleman said.

The electrician spent countless hours re-wiring homes throughout East Biloxi as a part of his job with HOPE Coordination.

"I had some long hours at work. I would work in other people's houses and when we got to where I would get to this house, I would pull another eight hours in here doing whatever I could do," Coleman said.

He did whatever he could do to move his family back into their home.

"That was the most exciting day of my life, when people told us that we could go ahead and start moving stuff in, that was the most exciting day of my life," says Annette Coleman.

"There's no greater feeling than stepping out and helping someone else. No matter what your beliefs are," said Mike Zeiderman with HOPE Coordination.

Helping others, so that you can help yourself. It's a lesson the Coleman Family knows firsthand.

HOPE Coordination was founded by Councilman Bill Stallworth. The organization has helped build about 30 new homes for hurricane victims. The group has also organized repairs to about 600 houses.