Monday, Mississippi Power was a driving force behind a Habitat for Humanity project. Eleven volunteers came to Moss Point to help complete a home that's been out of commission for nine years. It was a noisy scene on Tram Street Monday afternoon as Mississippi Power's Leadership Team joined forces with Habitat for Humanity to work on a home restoration project.
Jason Manley, Division Manager for Mississippi Power, says, “We're invested in our community and we have a long standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity and Mississippi Power. This is a way to give back today.” Lindsay Freise, Development and Volunteer Manager for Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Gulf Coast, says, “I think it's fantastic. We love getting a community group that has this kind of support for our mission and we're happy to kind of host them while they're here.”
This particular project is for Moss Point resident, Ednearl Epps, an Ingalls retiree. Mold and termites have made her home uninhabitable. Freise also says, “It's really a nice story for this homeowner. Her family lives all around this area. They're really involved, they're really engaged, and they're really supportive. She's really proud of the product. I think it's going to be a fantastic situation.” Habitat for Humanity says that the homeowner stops by regularly to check on progress and Mississippi Power workers are happy that they are part of the process to get her back into her home.
Manley closes, “Today is really a reminder that nine years later from Hurricane Katrina, homeowners still aren't in their house.” That will soon change for Epps thanks to the volunteers. Habitat for Humanity says that the home should be done and ready for Epps to move in by the end of July.