Monday, March 30, 2009
Peter and Crew are back in the Bay, this time helping to fund, frame, wire and plumb a home for Michelle Williams-Terry, her three children and two grandchildren! Michelle is a long-time resident of Waveland, a Katrina survivor, and one of LPC's most delightful friends. This house is a dream come true for Michelle; she looks forward to once again living in her own home, enjoying her garden, and living life with her kids. Please keep Michelle in your prayers - she is a hard-working single mom and grandma who fights hard every day to care for her family.
Lagniappe Church, Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, and Joining Hands celebrate the completion of Lynda Rich's home. Lynda lost her home and all her belongings in Hurricane Katrina; she lived in a FEMA trialer on her property until summer '08 when she obtained a temporary MEMA cottage. The cottage was removed from her property after it was badly damaged in Hurricane Gustav, and she and her daughter have been living in a camper trailer without water or electricity ever since. Construction on the home began in January 2009, and despite her own physical disability, Lynda has worked tirelessly alongside the volunteers on the construction; after three-and-a-half long years, Lynda is finally home again.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
This week Lagniappe is full to the brim with, what we term, "veteran volunteers." The Cross (a campus ministry at the University of Tennessee) began coming to the coast before Lagniappe existed, and has a continued ministry of excellent service punctuated by a deep love for each other that spills out into all their interactions. They are a dynamic and hard-working group, and we love having them! Our second crew is from Pennsylvania, and are what we might term an "older, active" crowd. They have been given a very difficult task this week, and are working hard with great attitudes. So far, the students from the Cross have painted the Mockingbird, begun a foundation, framed up a house, and done a number of projects in the local high school. Our friends from Pennsylvania have installed windows and siding on a particularly difficult rehab project. (For more pictures, see the photo-album on the left side of the web-page.)
A beautiful Friday afternoon in Waveland, MS, marks a great day for Scott Necaise - his house is completed, the dedication is underway; he has a new home! "I don't have any words except 'thank you' to everyone who's worked on my house," he says. Scott's house is the first built through collaboration between Lagniappe Church and Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders, with Lagniappe completing all major framing and exterior work and the Fuller Center providing additional funding, construction leadership, and teams to finish out the interior. Thank you everyone who has participated in the building of this house. Please keep Scott in your prayers as he begins life in a new home. (photo: Scott (far right front) with family and Bartow Tucker of Fuller Center (front left))