Quincy, IL Habitat for Humanity

Mississippi Gulf Coast Build

Mississippi Gulf Coast Build

The people pictured as (left to right)  Paul Turner, Butch Sorrells, Cindy Strock, Norbert Witt, Don Scaff, Bob Morwell

Thanks to the generosity of many supporters in the Quincy area and the hands-on work of six volunteers who went to Bay St. Louis, MS, at the end of October, a new Habitat house has been built for a person displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

This was a special house, because the gentleman who received it is handicapped and suffered a stroke just before the storm. The receipt of this new, handicapped accessible home was a special blessing to him.

The house was built in cooperation with members of Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, IL and AmeriCorps workers.

Construction began on the rainiest day to strike the region since Katrina.  Eight inches fell during the time the team worked on that first day! But, despite that challenge, they still produced a house that was just a couple of days' work shy of being ready to occupy

At the dedication ceremony, the Rev. Bob Morwell also presented $23,000 from the Quincy Area Habitat chapter, to be used toward the cost of constructing the house.

Habitat is doing an amazing job in this hurricane-afflicated area, and if you would like to learn how you can help, please contact us.  There is plenty of work yet to be done!

The Quincy house was one of seven that were constructed during a Blitz Build that week.

We invite you to take a few minutes to hear ten year old Josh Dahl thank the Habitat crews that built his family a new home at the same time the Quincy house was constructed. He spoke eloquently for all who received new homes.

Listen to Josh Dahl.

Quincy Area Habitat for Humanity -- Quincy, IL