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Volunteers from Pennsylvania visit the Pine Belt to help rebuild

Volunteers from Pennsylvania visit the Pine Belt to help rebuild

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Houses in Hattiesburg are being rebuilt by a group of volunteers who made their way to the Pine Belt from Pennsylvania.
The construction follows the January tornado.  Jessica Bowman stopped by one of the sites on Dossett Avenue to see the progress.

Volunteers come together to rebuild homes in Hattiesburg after destruction from the January tornado left home leveled.

Chris Adams said, "Mennonite Disaster Services, they are in the community from now until May, or June of next year and they are doing all of our rebuilds."
 
A group of Amish volunteers from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania are working through the Mennonite Disaster Service to rebuild homes from the ground up for victims. United Methodist Committee on Relief Volunteer Coordinator Chris Adams said they are a blessing to families in need.

Adams said, "Currently they have 17 homes. They can do up to 30. It remains to be seen whether we will get to that number, but currently they have 17." 

The beginning stages just started this week to construct the three bedroom homes. Adams sad like many other volunteers, the Amish culture like to shy away from the camera because they believe in the meaning behind the mission. 

Adams said, "Most of them will stay for a week. They will come down on Monday morning and leave Friday afternoon. Then the next group comes. They are just like any other volunteer. They want to come and just be able to serve the community."
   
Funding for the projects come from several non profit organizations.

Adams said the homeowners had to go through an application process to be accepted. 

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