Church members travel to New Orleans

The North Ferrisburgh United Methodist church is taking 15 teens and adults on a Mission trip to continue the rebuilding efforts in Mississippi.

The group will fly into New Orleans, La., to see the damage from Hurricane Katrina that is still evident. Then the group will drive to Gulfport, Miss., to stay at the United Methodist Camp Love. There the group join 15 more Vermonters for several rebuilding projects in the area.

Camp Love is one of three United Methodist camps built after hurricane Katrina to house rebuilding volunteers. This camp has sponsored groups weekly since it was built shortly after the storm in 2005.

Thousands of volunteers from all over America cleaned up and rebuilt the area since Katrina hit on Aug. 29, 2005. The mayor of New Orleans, the president, as well as other city and national officials, were blamed for the chaos in responding to the disaster.

Since the storm over 160,000 volunteers have worked on over 12,000 homes and built over 100 new homes, saving over $100 million in labor cost to struggling Mississippi Gulf Coast homeowners through the efforts of the United Methodist church in the area. North Ferrisburgh United Methodist has been sending teams for three years now.

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