Holding on to Hope
Two and a half years later, some Katrina victims still had not rebuilt but were hanging onto the hope that they could soon.
Some store fronts in Bay St. Louis were still vacant.
The Bridge is Complete
The Rt. 90 Bridge connecting Bay St. Louis to Pass Christian and all points east had been destroyed by Katrina, crippling the area. By Eight Days of Hope V it had finally been rebuilt.
Eight Days V Cafe'
St. Rose DeLima Catholic Church once again opened their doors to Eight Days of Hope for our fourth and final trip to the area. Our volunteer work force had outgrown the Holy Spirit Center for meals so we tarped in the walls of the pavilion and used it as a cafeteria. Eating outside in January was a little chilly.
We were back in the Holy Spirit Center where it was warm for announcements and worship.
Evening Worship was in the Holy Spirit Center, which was a perfectly sized space for our volunteers.
New England Represent
These ladies traveled from Massachusetts and New Hampshire to put up drywall in Mississippi.
By the Book
"We'll put the jacuzzi over here next to the indoor pool."
Preston Truing Rafters
Preston had been with us for several previous trips and on Eight Days of Hope V he showed his commitment to the organization by announcing that he would ride a bicycle (which he didn't own) across the country to raise funds for us.
Ground Up Construction
Eight Days of Hope V presented us with the opportunity to build two homes from the ground up. The guy waving is Steve, the project manager. He's happy because it's only the third day and the framing is almost done.
This is one of two homes that we endeavored to build from the ground up during Eight Days of Hope V. It is very close here, and yes, the crew did git er done.
This is one of the owners of the ground up rebuilds receiving a special song from one of our leaders.
Building a Bonfire
Eight Days of Hope V spanned two years, so we celebrated New Years Eve on the Bay St. Louis beach with some special activities.
New Years Eve
There were some talented worship dancers amongst our volunteers so they performed for us as part or our New Years Eve celebrations on the beach.
New Years Decor
We lined the worship area on the beach with candles in paper bags for New Years Eve.
This is Ms. Edna, whom we met back on Eight Days of Hope II. She was completely moved back into her home and wanted to give us something back. So she cooked some of her volunteers a traditional home style southern meal.