Homeowners Still Need Help
Eight Days of Hope III took place approximately 16 months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast and though many homes had been rebuilt, there were still many that were just beginning the renovation process. Two homes in this photo are just receiving new roofs and the photographer is shooting the photo from a third.
Debris Still Remains
Much home debris remained to be cleaned up 16 months after the hurricane.
Many lots had been cleared of home debris leaving only the concrete slabs on which they had been built. There were whole neighborhoods that looked like this photo in Waveland, MS.
The Holy Spirit Center
St. Rose De Lima Catholic Church of Bay St. Louis opened their doors to us by allowing us the use of their newly constructed Holy Spirit Center as our headquarters for Eight Days of Hope III. The Facility was immaculate and the best headquarters we had up to that point. Thank you St. Rose!
Staying at St. Augustine's
St. Augustine's Retreat Center in Bay St. Louis is where most Eight Days of Hope III volunteers stayed. It was still being reconstructed, so during the day volunteers turned t heir sleeping quarters back into a work site. People had to be a little flexible.
This was the chapel at St. Augustine's where most of the men lodged.
While some female volunteers stayed indoors at St. Augustine's Retreat Center, some others had more rustic accommodations in these Quonset huts.
This volunteer worked on one of the facilities that lodged us during Eight Days of Hope III. We felt it was right to help them as they had helped us.
The Joy of Electrical
You wouldn't believe how much fun it is to wire up a panel
Many of the homes built in the flood plane were required to move their first stories higher in order to be insurable. The peak of this home was about 50 feet off the deck.
Eight Days of Hope III saw over 700 volunteers from around the country. Some of them are pictured here at supper in the Holy Spirit Center which served as headquarters/cafeteria/worship space. The crosses on the back wall are made of job sheets of projects that have been completed.
Another Happy Crew
Eight Days of Hope III started to see return volunteers. Two in this photo can be seen wearing the orange t-shirts from the previous Eight Days of Hope event. The one in the back is John Riley from American Family Radio.
Ike and his Wife
Ike and his wife had indomitable spirits. We mistakenly delivered shingles to their house while the crew that needed them was at another address. Although Ike needed a new roof, he had no objections to letting us correct our mistake, and reassured us that "God had his shingles coming another way." This photo captures his positive attitude.
A Little Holiday Cheer
With Eight Days of Hope III so close to Christmas, many of the crews wanted to bless the homeowners with a little holiday cheer despite their present accommodations. These Christmas lights went a long way.