15th home dedication held for 2017 tornado victims

15th home dedication held for 2017 tornado victims
This is the 15th home built for tornado victims, thanks to the Mennonite Disaster Services, the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation and R3SM. (Photo source: WDAM)

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Another January 2017 tornado victim received keys to a newly built home Friday afternoon. The house is located on John Street in Hattiesburg and it's new owner is Phyllis Johnson.

She and her son will be living in the new home, along with several grandchildren who will visit her frequently.

"You know he puts people in your path to make things whole. And you all have made my life complete, I really thank you, and that's all I got to say. Amen," Anderson said.

This is the 15th home built for tornado victims, thanks to the Mennonite Disaster Services, the Greater Pine Belt Community Foundation and R3SM.

"My life has been such a wreck, so now I feel like I'm getting back on track now and all I can say is God is a good God, and I definitely thank you guys from the bottom of my heart," Anderson added.

R3SM Executive Director Mavis Creagh said that with all of the resources, funding, donated dollars and donated labor, the total going back into the community has reached nearly $3 million.

"This is really a wonderful day for her to be able to have her home back and have a full life with her son," Creagh said. "We are very thankful for all the volunteers who are here. I think sometimes that it's not highlighted enough, and we are very thankful for them coming into our community but also local volunteers."