Gulfport church completes family's Habitat home


Two years of work came to a conclusion May 20 when Gulfport Trinity United Methodist Church dedicated a Habitat for Humanity Home for the family of Johnnie Moody.

Hurricane Katrina caused many delays. The home was first undertaken by Rev. Carl Ennis, assistant pastor at Trinity UMC, and the Methodist Men’s Tuesday Morning Prayer Group. When Katrina swept through the Gulf Coast, three staff members of Trinity lost their homes, including Ennis. The Moody family and more than 150 families of Trinity also lost their homes. Volunteer groups from Indiana, Georgia and Virginia, along with Trinity pastor the Rev. Ray Stokes, worked to complete the home. Since the Moody home was destroyed by the hurricane and the house in which they were living prior the dedication had been condemned, their home became a priority for completion.

The blessing of this home was given by Stokes. Several persons from the national chapter for Habitat and Trinity members attended the celebration.

Following the blessing and ribbon cutting by the Moody’s and Harrison County Habitat chapter President Sidney Rushing, Bill Maguire, chair of the local Habitat unit, presented the keys to the family.

Trinity has rebuilt in part or in whole more than 400 homes wrecked by Katrina. Trinity has become a housing and work center for volunteers from all over the United States. Through the generosity of many people, Trinity has given grants, provided free building supplies, labor, home furnishings and other necessities for rebuilding lives and homes. Volunteers have logged more than 360,000 hours through Trinity UMC since Aug. 29.