New volunteer home opens in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The city of Hattiesburg now has a place for out of town volunteers to rest their heads after a long day's work.

Recover, Rebuild, Restore Southeast Mississippi officials hosted a ceremony to dedicate the non-profit's new million dollar volunteer house.

The University of Southern Mississippi president Emeritus Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas and retired army colonel Shelia Varnado were honored at the naming and plaque unveiling ceremony for their commitment to developing the house.

One chairperson said the R3SM house wore many coats before it's most recent restoration.

"When the rail and the timber industry was humming, over the years, it was many things, it was a boarding house, it was a apartment, when we bought it, it had been empty for a lot of years, it was in pretty great disarray, and we've raised the money," said Joe White, R3SM chair.

White said that although there were two major donors, several other volunteers contributed to the million dollar project.