Eight Days of Hope was only intended to be a one time event. Returning to the Gulf Coast of Mississippi started a pattern of God's blessings that would touch people across the country.
Beach Boulevard in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi was utterly ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. This sign bears witness of the destruction that was still prevalent 10 month later.
Katrina Car Wreck
Signs of Katrina's massive power were still evident 10 months after the storm.
We Are OK
Home owners followed FEMA's procedure of marking homes with spray paint by writing emotional messages to those who would visit the property.
Save This Tree
The sign hung on the tree reads "Please Protect Tree, Planted by Grandson". In this message is a hint of the desire of the homeowner to rebuild instead of relocate.
Living in Trailers
Most people who decided to stay and rebuild were living in some kind of trailer on their property during Eight Days of Hope II. Notice the front walk and stairs that lead to where the front door used to stand.
Back in Force
Eight Days of Hope II grew by about 100 more volunteers. Some are seen here eating Supper in a donated gymnasium.
Staying at St. Stan's
St. Stanislaus is a private catholic prep school in Bay St. Louis that opened its doors to Eight Days of Hope, allowing us to use most of their campus to facilitate our volunteers.
The men saw a lodging upgrade since Eight Days of Hope I. They staying in the gymnasium of St. Stanislaus School in Bay St. Louis.
Roofing Crews in Effect
Ten months after the storm there was still a need for reroofing. On this particular job a 20 year old female volunteer from Michigan hauled 50 square of shingles up three stories by herself. Go Blue!
Many homes were ready for paint by the time Eight Days of Hope II came to the Gulf Coast again.
Bonding with Homeowners
Eight Days of Hope encourages volunteers to love on the homeowners they serve, taking time to talk with and listen to them.
Children Can Work Too
These two little work horses from Port Arthur, TX kept busy all day, every day.
During Eight Days of Hope II, a volunteer named Dan Kivel working with another disaster relief organization, drowned in the Gulf. This photo captures his memorial ceremony attended by many Eight Days of Hope volunteers showing their respect and support.
Miss Edna's Smile
Miss Edna was one of the homeowners Eight Days of Hope volunteers were privileged to meet. She was in the flood waters for six hours during Katrina while 130 mph winds tore off roofs and knocked down trees around her. Now when you ask Ms. Edna how she's doing, all she ever answers is, "Blessed".