New Years in Biloxi

January 1, 2006 Biloxi, MS
Looking back to the last few months, we are seeing a great deal of progress.
Phase 1 Emergency Relief: We are FEMA POD (Point of Distribution) #8. That’s where it all began. Then we expanded the territory to form seven (7) POD’s in four different cities. We brought in more than 950 tractor trailers of supplies to Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, Waveland, Pascagoula, New Orleans, Gretna, and Metairie. Several cook trailers were set up in various locations and our cooks have fed over 400, 000 people hot meals. Counseling Centers were set up in four locations and three medical clinics.

Phase II Clean-up: The ULM Team along with thousands of volunteers cleaned out more than 800 homes and covered over 1100 roofs with blue tarps in 4 different cities. We have held classes for mold remediation as well as working closely with the east Biloxi Relief Center, managed by Councilman Bill Stallworth. We have distributed tents, coats brand new clothing, cleaning supplies and a host of dry goods.

Phase III Remodeling Homes: “One Church – One House” is the ULM nationwide project to help get people back in their homes. We are currently remodeling 16 homes simultaneously and have already gotten more than 30 families back in their homes for Christmas. This is everything from new kitchens and bathrooms to furniture and flooring and windows.

I left the building business for the call of God in 1989. Here I am in 2006 back in the building business. Yes it’s true – it’s like riding a bike. We are working day and night to move people back in their homes as most are still living in tents (Temps in the high 20’s at night) and FEMA trailers. There is still a great urgency to help bring relief to our fellow Americans. These are our people suffering, with little or no media attention. “It’s the worst natural disaster in the history of the USA”, is the quote we keep hearing. Then why do people think everything is OK only 4 months later? The need is greater than ever. We are here and have been here since the beginning. We are determined to see this effort through. ULM is not just another drop and run relief organization. The Team is caring and committed to finish that which was started. My many thanks to the Leadership Team of ULM: Kevin Beck, OH, Bob Appleby, CN, Don Barnett, OH. Andy Surace, NJ, Pat Mederios, NY, Phil Wentzell, AL. And many thanks to Rick Joyner, NC for partnering with us and lending us Nathan Plowman and a host of volunteers sent weekly.

We have work crews lined up to April and more who want to come. What we don’t have is money. We are still looking for churches to sponsor a house. One Church – One House. We are totally remodeling homes, which took on over 7 feet of water and putting them back together for under $12,000. Let’s start the New Year off right by giving your first offering to those who need it the most. Please, help us help them.