Group helps with Katrina clean-up

The following is an article from Gazette.net by Keith Martin.
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Group helps with Katrina clean-up

For the fourth time in three years, a group of Habitat for Humanity of Frederick County volunteers traveled to Mississippi to help rebuild Gulf Coast homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.
A group of about 85 people flew down and stayed from March 10 to 15 at Yankie Stadium in Biloxi, where they were fed and housed between long days of work.
It was the third Habitat trip to the Gulf Coast for Point of Rocks resident Jodye Roebuck.
‘‘It’s a little bit better than the last time I saw it, which was last April, but there are still some areas that look like it [the hurricane] happened last month,” she said. ‘‘There’s a lot of nothing – a lot of rubble, a lot of homes that haven’t been reoccupied. It’s just sad.”
Brunswick resident and insurance broker Linda Ray volunteered her time to Habitat for the second time, an opportunity she called ‘‘one of the very best things you could possibly do with your life.”
Both Roebuck and Ray helped with the hands-on work of recovery – framing houses, putting up exterior walls, roofing and building porches and sheds. But the work is far from over.
‘‘There is still so much to do even after this long lapse of time that I think we can send teams for the next few years,” said Habitat of Frederick County board member Chuck Hawley in a press release.
Local residents are answering that call for assistance.
‘‘We have plenty of volunteers who respond to our appeals for local work. Sending a group occasionally to Biloxi is part of our outreach mission,” said Habitat of Frederick County Executive Director Dave Ozag in a press release.
‘‘This last time a waitress at one of the restaurants that we stopped in at thanked all the kids for being there and said what I’ve heard over and over: ‘If it weren’t for people like you, we wouldn’t have any help,’” Ray said.
Roebuck says she and Habitat of Frederick County will return to the Gulf Coast to help again.
‘‘I think we’ve been involved in over 20 houses and I don’t think this will be our last trip,” she said. ‘‘I’ll be going again at some point.”