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Mountain Outreach Makes Second Trip to Mississippi Coast


Beth Carter paints a home damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Williamsburg, Ky.- For Mountain Outreach Director David Honeycutt and seven University of the Cumberlands' students, the Mississippi Coast is nearly indescribable.

"You really can't know how much devastation was created on the coast unless you see it first hand," said Honeycutt.

This was the volunteer group's second trip to the weather-beaten Mississippi Coast and the rebuilding tasks were not any easier. After examining the homes, volunteers realized just how much work was ahead of them. Four feet of ruined sheetrock had been removed and it was now the group's job to replace it. Volunteers also had to assume the tasks of mudding, sanding, and painting the interiors.

But, after a week of hard work, three homes were restored.

"I knew I was needed on the trip so I went. However, I didn't really want to give up my Christmas break," said student volunteer Beth Carter. "But by the end of the week, I realized we really made a difference and the trip was worth it."

It looks as if this won't be the last break student volunteers sacrifice. Over Cumberlands' spring break, Mountain Outreach is scheduled to construct homes in Morehead, Ky., through the Kentucky Baptist Convention. On this seven-day trip, the group is to build two homes including floors, windows, and roofing.

Mountain Outreach is a service organization based at University of the Cumberlands. Since the program's start in 1982, Mountain Outreach has constructed well over 100 homes for members of surrounding communities. The ministry also distributes donated clothing and household items for those in need. For more information or to contribute to the ministry, contact Mountain Outreach at (606) 539-4346.