It was a major company on the Coast that stepped up to provide some support. Volunteers are a common site at Visions of Hope in Biloxi, where adult education courses are offered at no cost, but these volunteers are helping to restore the building. Sarah Walker, the Founder of Visions of Hope, says, "They are doing everything from planting flower beds to make our office look more welcoming to replacing ceiling fans, all kinds of things, painting, power-washing, answering our needs at Vision of Hope." These needs have been apparent since Hurricane Katrina because only one building was insured. Repairs at the non-profit facility have been needed for years. Walker also says, "We always try to provide services for the community, but now we are in need of service and Mississippi Power has answered that call." Close to 20 volunteers from Mississippi Power's Community Connection Program donated their time, skills, and materials to help with this restoration. Gary Gray, the C.F.O. of Visions of Hopes, says, "This is an excellent opportunity to have a direct impact for the community. Mississippi Power has partnered. We live and work in this community and this is a perfect opportunity to give to organizations like Visions of Hope."
Gray works for Mississippi Power and is a co-founder of Visions of Hope and brought the restoration project to the company. He says that taking an active role has brought both organizations closer to the community. Gray also says, "You can't sit back and complain about what's going on in the community and not be a part of it and we want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem and that's the main reason we decided to co-found Visions of Hope." For more information about the services Visions of Hope provides, you can visit their website at www.visionsofhopebiloxi.org.