Nine more trips followed and we were able to work at 42 different sites in Biloxi, D'Iberville, Gulfport, Pascagoula and Long Beach through spring, 2010 when Camp Biloxi closed. With a total of 124 team members we were able to provide 5,919.5 volunteer hours. The LDR staff members, camp staff, property owners, other volunteer teams, and local citizens all worked together to make this Katrina relief experience a life changing event. We accumulated many new brothers and sisters in Christ and the people
of the Gulf Coast of Mississippi will always have a special place in our hearts.
The year 2011 found us looking for a new challenge. We found an opportunity to work with LDR in Nashville, TN. The severe flooding of the Cumberland River in 2010 left many families homeless. Our home for the week was located in West Nashville, St. Luke’s Mercy House. The job site was about 25 minutes away near Ashland City. The 3 bedroom ranch house had been completely gutted and we were able to rough in all of the plumbing and electric, install windows and sub floors. While the seven members of the construction crew were at the work site, 2 additional members of the team worked with the LDR social workers organizing and filing paperwork and stocking shelves at the St Paul Lutheran Church food pantry. Spring of 2012, five of us returned to Nashville and were able to
continue working on the same property with the owner. At the end of the week all of the wallboard was up and the electric service to and in the garage was finished. A third trip is being planned for November. 2012 to install the kitchen and other miscellaneous items so our new friend, Rob, can move in. Lutheran disaster Response has a motto: Bringing Help and Hope. Trinity's team has found great joy and satisfaction being a part of this challenge.
Team leader: Mary Jeanne Christoff
Team recruiter: Richard Snay
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Biloxi Boomerangs over the years