By Adele Lyons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ms. Adele Lyons
Director of Development and Communication
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Cell: (228) 313-3841
Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast commemorates September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance
Gulfport, Mississippi, (Sept. 07, 2012) – Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) will commemorate the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance on Saturday, September 8, 2012 by hosting Tribute Build with military personnel volunteering in Pass Christian.
Beginning at 8:30 am, 20 local Keesler and Seabee military personnel will join Habitat’s staff and new AmeriCorps members for a day of volunteerism to build a home for the Ladner family at 6140 Hand Road, Pass Christian, MS. The day will begin with registration and breakfast followed by a prayer circle with readings noting times of significance from September 11 and an overview of the National Day of Service and Remembrance. A lunch break will be taken from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm and will include a Remembrance ceremony. This ceremony will include reflective readings and will feature profiles of the four Mississippian who died on during the September 11 tragedy.
Across the country, other Habitat for Humanity affiliates are joining hundreds of other organizations for the Sept. 11 Day of Service and Remembrance. The organizations will pay tribute to those who lost their lives that day, and those who rose in service afterward through community-based service projects.
“We thank all the volunteers who will take action and support efforts to commemorate this national day of service,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The spirit of volunteerism and compassion is alive and well, and we will honor the victims and heroes of 9/11 by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope.”
“This Day of Service is a significant event for HFHMGC because it brings together so many key components of our organization. Having the military personnel working with our partner family to mark this occasion is fitting,” said Chris Monforton, CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
In 2009, the U.S. Congress passed bipartisan legislation, signed by President Barack Obama, which formally recognized Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance. Thanks to the tireless efforts of the 9/11 families and community, nonprofits, governments and businesses that support them, the day reclaims the legacy of Sept. 11 and creates a permanent, positive tribute. Visit http://www.serve.gov or www.911day.org for more information.
To make a donation to Habitat for Humanity of the MS Gulf Coast or to learn more about the programs and services, visit www.hfhmgc.org.
About Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast
Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) was formed in January 2007 when Harrison County HFH and HFH of Jackson County merged organizations. Since then, HFHMGC has incorporated Stone County into its service area and has constructed or repaired more than 550 homes. HFHMGC works in partnership with community stakeholders to create innovative, sustainable housing solutions by empowering all members of our community to actively participate in creating opportunity for people to transform their own lives. To learn more, visit www.hfhmgc.org, http://www.facebook.com/hfhmgc and www.twitter.com/hfhmgc.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.habitat.org, or follow us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at http://www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join Habitat’s blog community atwww.habitat.org/blog.