May 12, 2008
PASCAGOULA, Miss. -- You could hear the hammers cracking from blocks away. Volunteers were drilling, sawing, and building a new life for families who lost everything. It's all a part of a project from Habitat for Humanity. Marilyn Nolte is a house leader. She knows she has a rough road a head of her.
"Every FEMA trailer you drive by is a house that needs to be rebuilt," said Nolte.
The volunteers are building twenty homes in Pascagoula, and they only have a week to do it all. Volunteers have flocked here from across the country.
"If you don't have volunteers, we can't do this. I mean, two people, three people, you can't build a house by yourself. We've got twenty to thirty folks on this house alone," explained Nolte.
It's a home that's been a slab for far too long. Latan Griffin is from Ocean Springs. He's not just a Habitat volunteer. Griffin's home was also leveled by Katrina.
"The fact is, we still have a lot of slabs here and we have a lot that needs to be done," said Griffin.
That's why former President Jimmy Carter and his wife are teaming up with Habitat. Carter blended in with volunteers, wearing a hard-hat ready to work. Griffin is happy to see so many people who care about his beloved home-state.
"I feel very relieved, very happy, very concerned and very elated to see all of this taking place for us," said Griffin.