Loretta Bowman has lived in her Hattiesburg home for six months.
Nearly two weeks ago water from the recent floods rushed underneath her home, which caused damage to her kitchen and bathroom floors.
“It was like you’re going to fall in and a part of my kitchen floor did cave in,” Bowman said. “I put a board over it, trying to fix it up the best I could.”
Unsure of what to do, Bowman reached out to Christian Services in Hattiesburg. Christian Services put her in contact with The Carpenter’s Helper, a nonprofit dedicated to correcting deficient housing conditions.
With roughly $2,000 in donations from Venture Church, The Carpenter’s helper is able to repair the homes of flood victims like Bowman.
“Venture Church took up an offering for flood victims and it was a little over $2,000”, President and CEO of The Carpenter’s Helper Bill Prout said.
“They turned that money over to Volunteer Hattiesburg which is a United Way agency, and we’re also a United Way agency," Prout said.
The Carpenter’s Helper provides services to individuals over the age of 65, those with disabilities or low income.
“We’re doing some plumbing in the house and a new commode and a new laboratory set as well as doing the floors,” Prout said.
The Carpenter's Helper does not do structural or roofing work.