Last Saturday local guys spent the day erecting the walls on the Mercy House. I can’t thank these men enough for their hard work and dedicated service to their community. All of them lost their homes in the storm. In the past few years they have rebuilt their own homes while putting in long hours holding down their jobs and providing for their families and also pitching in to help their neighbors and friends.
While we owe an unspeakable debt of gratitude to volunteers from across the country for contributing to the progress of the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts – we would be nowhere without the grit and determination of local men like these. Even a monster like Katrina could not scare them off their land or make them shrink from their responsibilities to their families and community. They epitomize the resolve and resilience of the gulf coast. They are my heroes.