Participant Testimonies:

This was an excellent experience; I felt really efficient and that I really helped out, and I gained a lot of new friendships. 
~ Molly, January 2009

I have loved being able to go on these trips. Thank you so much for the hard work and time that goes into planning them. They're well organized and I like the combination of working and having fun, going to New Orleans, the beach, etc. 
~ Bridget, January 2009

I had a blast!! We got a lot done and all of the people were wonderful! Thank you for such a great experience! 
~ Chris, January 2009

This trip was amazing! I've learned so much and it had helped me realize what I want to do with my life. It was great working with everyone and meeting the owners of the houses. Best decision of my life.
~ Theresa, March 2009

I would just like to say that I have gotten more from this trip than I had ever expected. My experience had opened up so much for me, opened my eyes to other people's experiences and opinions. I can't find the exact words to describe how grateful I am for this trip, this experience that has given me lifelong memories. Thank you Livingston CARES.
~ Sophomore, March 2009

My experience on this work trip was great. All the students and leaders were excellent. It was nice to see and meet the people's homes we were helping. I would definitely do this trip again and recommend it to fellow students! A+!
~ Cara, March 2009

Coming to Mississippi was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Though the work was not easy, it was so fulfilling. I'm so glad we were able to meet the homeowners, and get them just a step closer to moving back into their homes. I was shocked that so much work needed to be done so many years later and how much recovery work is still needed. 
~ Katie, March 2009

I plan to return to Mississippi to help more people rebuild. I met some people I hope to remain close with and will try and do more small things to help make a difference. 
~ Carolyn, May 2009

 My group worked on Charles Tanksley's home in Biloxi with Jeff and Steve as the area supervisors and volunteers. Charles lived in a raised garage apartment behind his mother's house. He woke up the morning of the storm around 7:30am and said the water had not reached the top of his home because he lived over the top of a garage but the water level had completely submerged some of the one story houses of his neighborhood. His mother's home was almost completely rebuilt by a church organization a few months after the story as well as the house almost directly behind him. The houses near them were leveled and are now vacant lots. Charles said the most difficult thing to cope with was biking down to the coast and downtown when the water was down and seeing the results of the storm on the entire community. 
~ Student, May 2009

I will always have stories to tell about my time in Biloxi. I've learned a ton about team work, charity, and all of the things we take for granted in our everyday lives. I learned that accomplishing goals takes hard work over a long time. It's an experience that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
~ Bennett, May 2009 ...[back to top]