Sam Small, 68, of Glasgow, Ky., was on the Coast in March to help install a handicap-accessible shower, re-roof a trailer and work on a small house in Pascagoula, Miss.
It was the relief volunteer’s 25th trip to South Mississippi since Katrina. His first was in October 2005.
He comes solo and links with church groups he has become accustomed to working with. In March, he came for a week.
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“I had never been a volunteer before Katrina,” he said. “What kept me coming back is not only the need for physical help, but also the love and the friendships I developed with the other volunteers.
“There’s definitely a need here. With the climate and the pesky termites, there’s always a call here to upgrade living conditions, well beyond the Katrina recovery.
“I don’t think Katrina recovery will ever be over, officially.”