Appeal for Katrina relief housing


Eighteen months after Hurricane Katrina, nearly 100,000 people on the Gulf Coast still live in temporary housing. The volunteers who are working to help return these families to permanent homes also need places to stay. The lack of volunteer housing means that soon volunteers may have to be turned away. 

Bishop Hope Morgan Ward asks each church in the Mississippi Conference to receive offerings during Lent to help complete three critical United Methodist facilities on the coast. These multi-purpose centers will provide housing for volunteers and storage space for building materials for the years of Katrina recovery ahead and in future disasters. 

The first facility at Vancleave is nearly finished, and the second is underway in Gulfport. The third is still in the planning stages. 

“Your offerings will bless the hundreds of families awaiting assistance by ensuring a continuous flow of volunteers and materials,” said Ward.