Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Mississippi

Group out to rebuild home in one week

When Marvin Miller lost his home to 13-feet of Hurricane Katrina's floodwater, he never thought he'd live to see it rebuilt.

A crew of 60 volunteers from various parts of the country was banging hammers Sunday, vowing to rebuild the Northrop Grumman retiree's Orange Grove home in less than a week.

"I'm overwhelmed that so many people I don't even know would want to assist me," Miller said.

This is the third speed build project the Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi has organized since the 2005 storm ravaged Jackson County, leaving thousands in temporary government housing.

When the two-story, elevator accessible, home on Sam Road is finished Saturday, Miller will finally be able to move from his Mississippi Emergency Management Agency cottage.

"I'm thankful that they are willing to do this," said the disabled 67-year-old Miller, who has since left the property and will not return until the build is completed Saturday.

"I would not have had any way to complete my home without their assistance."

Carla Poole, case management director with the Lutheran Episcopal Services in Mississippi, has been working with Miller for more than a year, planning and developing financing for the project.


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