May 13, 2008
PASCAGOULA --The School Street facelift continues.
By 1 p.m. today, the half-dozen or so Pascagoula houses under construction during the Habitat for Humanity Carter Work Project took shape. Teams from Citigroup, the Knight Foundation and Mississippi Power had completed the frames. A large truck rolled down the street, dropping off insulation. Volunteers set wood pillars on future porches.
Just five hours before, most of this material sat bundled in front of the foundations.
Six hundred volunteers are pushing the Carter building project forward at lightning speed. The future homeowners are adding their sweat. By the end of the week, several families in Pascagoula will have new homes.
"We're creating a footprint... a more permanent footprint," said Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International.
Among those creating that footprint are Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks. The country music legends came to Habitat while Brooks was in Fort Worth, Texas. He visited a framing blitz during a National Hockey League game, and was hooked.
More valuable than building next to presidents, he said, is building next to future homeowners. On Monday, Brooks and Yearwood built next to Tracey Davison, who, with her four daughters, will open the door to her own home on Friday morning.
"It's a dream come true, something I never thought I would accomplish in my lifetime," she said.
Davison built alongside President Jimmy Carter, as well. Meeting him was an incredible experience, she said.
Especially since when she was in elementary school in Pascagoula in the late 1970's, she voted for Carter in her class' mock election.