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IN TODAY'S ISSUE
March 15, 2007

Red Arrow-giftBiloxi Family Looks Forward to Returning to "Crayola House"

Red Arrow-gift UMCOR Case Managers Coordinate Services in Cameron Parish

Red Arrow-giftThis Week's Quote

Red Arrow-giftRecovery Stats

Red Arrow-gift "Before and After in Biloxi (Slide Show)

BILOXI FAMILY LOOKS FORWARD TO RETURNING TO "CRAYOLA HOUSE"

By Susan J. Meister, Gulf Coast Communications

Miss Ollivette's sister Miss Jaclyn urged her, "Go on! Tell them what you call the house!"

Miss Ollivette's bedroom is a bright pink, just one of the colorful rooms in her family's 'Crayola house.'

Miss Ollivette's bedroom is a bright pink, just one of the colorful rooms in her family's "Crayola house."
Susan Meister/UMCOR

A bright pink bedroom, a yellow living room, another lime green bedroom, a purple kitchen - it's a "crayola house!"

Color and family are important for Miss Ollivette, who is overseeing the rebuilding of her father's home in East Biloxi, Miss. She estimates that 22 feet of water from the storm surge of Hurricane Katrina covered the home in August 2005, and finally settled to 7 feet. Miraculously, the new windows survived, but not much else.

"We had just remodeled the whole house in April, and moved in July," she said. "We bought a new TV - I think we watched it three times!"

Miss Ollivette's father, Mr. Johnny, is staying with another sister in Kentucky, awaiting the final touches on the house. She hopes the home will help ease some of his confusion.

"These nice people are such a blessing," she exclaimed. Her sister chimed in, "God sent legions of angels to us!"

 Miss Ollivette is grateful to a volunteer from Bowie, Md, who was helping to hang cabinets in her purple kitchen. Susan Meister/UMCOR

Miss Ollivette is grateful to a volunteer from Bowie, Md., who was helping to hang cabinets in her purple kitchen.
Susan Meister/UMCOR

UMCOR case managers coordinate long term recovery

Miss Ollivette entered the case management system early after the storm, when case managers were walking through the neighborhood of East Biloxi, according to case manager Julie Duncan.

"Samaritan's Purse arrived very soon after the storm because they are first responders," Duncan explained. "When they decided to get into the recovery business, they began repairing the homes they gutted right after the storm. Ollivette soon came up on their list.

"Samaritan's Purse did some of the work, Miss Ollivette paid for other labor and supplies, and now we are trying to help her finish up the project so that her father can finally come home," Duncan said.

Samaritan's Purse is co-located with the Seashore Station of the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Disaster Response ministry, on the grounds of Seashore Assembly, just off Beach Boulevard in Biloxi.

Rebuilding from the damage of Hurricane Katrina is a multi-year effort. To help families in East Biloxi and other locations along the Gulf Coast, contact the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response

For more on the United Methodist recovery work visit these web sites:
UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief)
UM News Service
Mississippi Conference
Louisiana Conference
Texas Conference
Alabama-West Florida Conference