Back Bay Mission Works to Restore Homes for Veterans

Reported by: Katarina Luketich
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Updated: 7/17 7:17 pm
Back Bay Mission is actively working to restore damaged homes for our veterans. Grinding saws were the soundtrack at Back Bay Mission's home repair project for a wounded war veteran in Ocean Springs Wednesday morning.

Craig Steenkamp, Associate for Housing Recovery & Volunteer Programs, says, “The house was condemned. She is in much need from the community and Back Bay Mission decided to take on the project and help rebuild the house along with some partners within the community.” For Wednesday's project, Lowe's and Valspar are teaming up to do both indoor and outdoor work. Scott Jordan, Valspar Regional Sales Manager, says, “With us being a paint supplier, we like to spread color, so this is a good project to be involved with.”

While Valspar provided the paint, Lowe's donated landscaping materials for the project. Mike Pitts, Lowe’s Store Manager, says, “We found a project that is helping a wounded veteran that has some issues going on. We decided to get involved with Valspar and the City of Ocean Springs and get involved and get something to help this group out.”

Their hard work has not gone unnoticed. Back Bay Mission representatives tell News 25 that the veteran is more than pleased with the progress that has been made since the project was started in February. Steenkamp also says, “She's been over a few times since we started the project and she's just overwhelmed with joy. Tears of joy come out every time she sees the progress on the house, so she'll be excited to see it.”

She isn't the only one with a good feeling. Jordan also says, “I think it's just a huge sense of accomplishment and a great feeling of reward for helping individuals in need and all these guys are having a great time doing this.”

Back Bay Mission hopes to have this particular project completed within the month.



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