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Texas Students Spend Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity Here on the Coast

Reported by: Alyssa Meisner
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Updated: 3/13/2014 8:31 pm
Habitat for Humanity is known for its work in rebuilding homes after disasters. Habitat doesn't leave a community once the first phase of construction is done. Most college kids head to Destin or Panama City for Spring Break, but these students from St. Edwards University in Texas are spending their holiday in Biloxi working with Habitat for Humanity to rebuild a home in downtown Biloxi. Audrey Eads, one of the student volunteers from St. Edwards University, says, "All my other service experiences have been things that you can't actually see being done and this is the first time where I've actually been able to see physical work being done." Eads is the leader of her group and says they first stopped in New Orleans to learn about the history of the area. They were especially interested in the realities of Hurricane Katrina. Prepared for the worst, students came to Biloxi this week ready to work.

Meghan Clark, another student volunteer, says, "I think Habitat does a really good job of making sure that even though they're beyond the first stages, that they stayed and they're doing the final stages. ‘Cause we expected to be building a house from the ground up, and when we got here, Biloxi was definitely in its final stages." Students have been painting all week, and every stroke gets them one step closer to moving a family in. Paul Waters, the Site Supervisor, says, "The homeowner, from that they moved out and it has been up for sale, and we sold it, and we're getting ready for the new owner." Waters has been working with Habitat for three and a half years. He says even though Hurricane Katrina was almost ten years ago, Habitat is still filling in the gaps. Waters closes, "They said it would take about ten years to rebuild, and there's always people who have fallen through the cracks.

Habitat has been doing a project trying to address some of that. There's just always stuff that kinda’ gets missed that's not as big and noticeable as a whole house being blown down." Habitat for Humanity has several projects in Biloxi and will continue to rebuild as long as there is a need. Waters says the new homeowner is ready to move in as soon as they finish painting and putting on the final touches.

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