Volunteers aren't hard to find at Gulf Coast Community Ministries in Gulfport, where a food pantry and free medical clinic can be found, but the volunteers working here over the last few days have been doing something a little different. Pamela Baker, the Chair of the Board for Gulf Coast Community Ministries, says, "We discovered at the end of last year, late last year, that we had a leak and after further investigation, we found the entire north end of the building needed a roof replacement." A project like this could deal a blow to any non-profit's budget, so Gulf Coast Community Ministries reached out for help. Members of the Big Ridge Baptist Church in D'Iberville answered the call with overwhelming support.
Mark Guice, a volunteer, says, "They had some sections that was leaking, so we came in and looked at it and decided yeah, we could replace it and save these folks some money with the cost of having it roofed." Time wasn't the only thing donated for this project. Materials and tools, such as air compressors and nail guns were also donated, completely free of charge. Baker also says, "Woolmarket Baptist Church also loaned us their air compressor for a nail gun, and if you have ever donated that kind of work, you will know an air powered hammer goes a long way."
Baker is a longtime volunteer at the clinic, and says that the project may not have materialized had it not been for these helping hands. Baker closes, "Thank you is not a powerful enough phrase to express to these men what we feel about the work that they have done." This work that will allow the invaluable services offered at Gulf Coast Community Ministries to continue. If you would like more information on the organization you can call (228) 868-8202.