Daily Overviews from the Carter Work Project 2008

Daily overviews

Follow the progress of this year’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project with daily updates from sites in Biloxi, Gulfport and Pascagoula.
Daily Overviews from the Carter Work Project 2008 -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Shelter from the storm
Rain and tears of joy mixed together on the final day of building during the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Volunteer crews battled the elements once again. Partner families received Bibles from the Carters. And everyone paused for house dedications commemorating a week spent laboring together to create new homes such as this one in Pascagoula.

   

Here comes the rain
Mud and puddles in Pascagoula reflect a volunteer on the roof Thursday as work resumed after a fierce morning thunderstorm that swept through the Gulf Coast from Texas. Volunteers worked inside until the sun returned. Photo by Ezra Millstein

   

Volunteers celebrate mid-week progress
After a Wednesday spent putting on shingles, nailing up siding and installing attic insulation, volunteers at this year’s host site headed toward a Block Party Celebration in Pascagoula. Meanwhile, volunteers at participating affiliates throughout the Gulf Coast marked progress with celebrations of their own, including a Crawfish Boil in Picayune, Miss.

   

Carters visit sites along the Gulf
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter smiles while working at a Mobile, Ala., work site Tuesday afternoon. Mobile is one of many participating affiliates joining in this year’s Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. Carter will also be visiting affiliate work sites in New Orleans and Covington, La., and Diamondhead, Miss., over the next two days.

   

Heroes hammer on first workday
After building in Pascagoula, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter visited the Biloxi Framing Frenzy, where volunteers completed a dozen house frames and a hero house. Roofs were up by the end of the day in Pascagoula and Biloxi. In Gulfport elderly homeowners watched rehab heroes, too.

   

Friendship and celebration
Volunteers poured into Biloxi, Miss., for the official opening of the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project 2008. During the day, old friends met and new friends were made as volunteers registered and received their house assignments. A gala opening ceremony welcomed the Carters, homeowners, volunteers and supporters and kicked off the week of rebuilding and recovery.