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2009 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project
In November 2009, Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast sent twenty employees, volunteers and friends to Thailand and Vietnam for the annual Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The twenty individuals worked alongside 3,000 other volunteers from across the globe to help build 166 homes in 5 days.
As a former event site, HFHMGC was happy to extend a helping hand for the year's event. In addition to sending volunteers to the area, HFHMGC was able to tithe $250,000 to help provide decent, affordable housing.
World Habitat Day
In 1985 the United Nations created World Habitat Day as an attempt to reflect upon the state of our towns and cities, the basic right of shelter for everyone and remind the world of our collective responsibility to preserve and better the human habitat.
Despite the tough economic times, local branches of Wells Fargo, Beau Rivage, Best Buy and Hancock Bank sponsored the event.
More than 100 people helped to make steps toward eliminating poverty housing in the area. Toiling under the blazing sun, volunteers made progress on a half-dozen homes at the Gulfport, MS build site.
Thrivent Lane Ribbon Cutting
August 2009 marked the grand opening of Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast's first large-scale subdivision, Thrivent Lane. The event was celebrated on the four-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, highlighting the progress made since the storm ripped through the area.
In attendance were MS Governor and First Lady Barbour, along with local mayors from cities along the MS Gulf Coast.
Appalachian Trail Hike for Habitat
In April, 2009, Loyal Mehnert, a young adventurer from Milwaukee, WI, set out on a hike across the Appalachian Trail on behalf of Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast. Mehnert used his hike as a fundraiser, with base donations a mere $0.01 per mile hiked. In total, his campaign raised more than one thousand dollars for our affiliate and brought us national attention.
In the midst of his hike, Mehnert was nominated for People magazine's All-Stars Among Us, a competition between citizens commiting acts to better communities. As a result, he found himself among a handful of individuals sent to the Major League Baseball All-Star game in St. Louis.
Throughout his journey, Mehnert had encounters with bears and other wildlife. He endured disagreeable weather and suffered aching feet and lonliness from months of solitude. His efforts were original and remain unparalled for our organization.
Although this adventure may have come to a close, Loyal Mehnert's work with our organization remains ongoing. He is a participant of the 2009 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, volunteering in Vietnam. Additionally, Mehnert plans to make additional trips to the MS Gulf Coast to volunteer with our affiliate.
Early May, Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, International and Lowe's, hosted our affiliate's first Women Build. In the days leading up to Mother's Day, the event challenged women to devote at least one day to eliminating poverty housing. The Mother's Day timeframe was chosen for its significance to many volunteers, as families with children make up a staggering number of those in need of adequate housing.
The event brought around 40 women together to help build two homes in Gulfport, MS.
2009 Collegiate Challenge
More than 400 students from the US and Canada came to help build Habitat for Humanity homes from the end of February through the end of March during their Spring Breaks.
This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Collegiate Challenge program. During its 20-year history, more than 166,000 students have participated in the program across the nation.
NHL and NHLPA Help Build Moss Point Home
In late February, 2009 the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) helped Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast build a home in Moss Point, MS.
The event was part of a $500,000 contribution from the NHL and NHLPA, which financed the building of six homes built in Atlanta, Nashville, Dallas, New Orleans, and the final home in Moss Point, MS.
Emoployees of the NHL and NHLPA joined Habitat staff, volunteers, and Partner Families in their mission to helphurricane affected families.
Mickey Bradley Katrina Pro-Am
The Habitat for Humanity Katrina Pro-Am was held on Monday, November 10, 2008 from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier, Mississippi.
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Former president and first lady continue legacy with 25th annual
November 5, 2008
In the fall of 2006, PGA tour Rules Official Mickey Bradley and Corporate Communications Director for 84 Lumber, Jeff Nobers, approached Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast with the idea of sponsoring a Pro-Am to benefit the gulf coast rebuilding efforts. Mickey Recruited touring pro Jerry Kelly who understood the need along the coast and together they recruited other players, businesses and corporations to support our first ever even, hosted by Shell Landing Golf Club and the Gulf Coast Golf Foundation.
Habitat Homeowners Graduate from Financial Management Course
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and volunteers join Habitat for Humanity to celebrate milestone wall raising in Gulf Coast
5-day, 20 home Build in Gulfport!
Building Made Easier
Partnership With a Purpose
New Kaboom! Playground