Mr. Gilbert Update – November 13th

We had a great group of volunteers to join us for painting at Mr. Gilbert’s house. It’s a large job and there’s still more to be done. Volunteers from both Hancock and Pearl River Counties came out to help. Some of our board members were joined by a large group of FOMs (Friends of Matt). Thanks to Matt Ladner for getting all of this started and for providing a large group of your friends to work. The Knights of Columbus in Picayune brought lunch for all the volunteers. We also had a special visit from Mr. Gilbert!





Habitat Bay Waveland Weatherization Program

Habitat Bay Waveland’s weatherization projects are completed in partnership with Diversified Energy, through funding from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s EnergyWise Program. Jeff Haag, President of Diversified Energy, writes that

“It is exciting when you go into a home with so much potential to make so much difference for those who need it the most. We have a meaningful job to do and the smiles that we see daily are priceless. The Energy Wise Program and Habitat for Humanity is doing so much for so many qualified homeowners and it is a pleasure to be a part of it.”

Since January 2016, we’ve served 75 families in our service area. Typical work involves an air sealing package, insulating the water heater, installing LED bulbs, insulating the attic, and tuning up or replacing the HVAC system. Our goal is to improve the comfort and air quality in the home, as well, create a 20% cost savings in energy bills. The net result for a low-income family can be a $40-$50 “raise” each month.

Mr. Russell, a Vietnam Veteran, received weatherization services through the EnergyWise Program. His home has never had central air conditioning and was heated by space heaters. We removed his window units and installed a whole house heating and cooling system, provided air sealing as well as insulating the floors and attic. We also teach homeowners effective ways to save money with the use of programmable thermostats and reducing the temperature setting on their water heater. Mr. Russell is a very satisfied “cool” customer.

Habitat for Humanity Repair Corps

Habitat for Humanity’s Repair Corps program is an initiative funded by The Home Depot Foundation to help build, rehabilitate or repair homes in partnership with U.S. military veterans and their families.

Projects range from new construction to critical home repair, such as weatherproofing, installation of access ramps and kitchen or bathroom renovations, for wheelchair access. Our affiliate is proudly serving our veterans who have selflessly served us. We believe in the power of community and the ability to create a positive impact on our veterans.

Mr. John is a Vietnam Air Force Veteran. When notified of his approval for this project, he said:

“I almost overturned my wheelchair. “Thank you so very much. Even though it will be after Christmas, I will consider this a true gift from GOD. I have been praying for this for a while now.”

Mr. Johns 5% required payback was graciously donated on his behalf by an anonymous donor. He is still in awe of this random act of kindness, from a stranger he’s never met. Team Depot volunteers helped with the demolition and reconstruction of his kitchen and bathroom to accommodate Mr. John’s needs.

Habitat for Humanity Bay Waveland is one of more than 45 Habitat offices selected to participate in the Repair Corps program, through which volunteers will help build or repair more than 200 veterans’ homes across the country.

Mr. Gilbert Update – November 4th

The work on Mr. Gilbert’s home continues. Mr. Gilbert is 91 years old with no children or family and lives near Picayune, MS.

On Saturday, November 4, the coolest contractor around, Dennis Collier led a team of volunteers from Resurrection Life Worship Center in Picayune.

Thanks for helping us launch the project by getting the demo done. Our scope for the project will involve repainting the entire house, making the house handicap accessible, complete gut job of one bathroom, kitchen remodel, replacing appliances, replacing all the flooring, new fixtures, electrical work, HVAC enhancements and tune-up, painting 100% of the outside and inside of house, and replacing all the flooring.