Thursday, January 25, 2007

Things Are Shakin' in P Town....

The Swanson, Earle and Everett Cook rebuilds have all been organized and planned, thanks to much creative work by PRC's Laurie Spaschak in putting together a unique funding blend. Tom Dalessandri of The Pearlington Project: Mountains to Mississippi will be the lead C.O.D.R.A. agency for grant purposes.

All three of these projects had already been adopted, however a non-C.O.D.R.A. sponsoring organization was not able to engage, due to funding difficulties. Three cheers for the families and for our C.O.D.R.A. Member Agencies and many others, all working together!

Laurie also shared that last Sunday, Rev. Rawls announced in church that they have received a $35,000 grant from the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund for Houses of Worship to help them rebuild their historic church. Praise the Lord and pass the nail gun!

Raymond Diaz’s Memorial is on Saturday in Pearlington. Tim Goodnow of the Dog Soldiers of Atlanta sends this to Cindy Diaz, in response to her request that Tim speak on Saturday:

“Yes, I will be with you on Saturday. I could not miss it. Raymond loved the Dog Soldiers. He was loved and admired by many of us. I loved him. Your husband had a unique quality –– laughing at himself –– not taking it seriously. His humility inspired me to be lighter and laugh more. Thank you for honoring me with speaking for your husband. I would love to. See you soon.”

Thank you, Tim. I cannot imagine anyone who could do this more eloquently than you.

Jennifer Johnson of the BRICK Layers of Alabama passes this on to those interested:

"Here's an interesting article from the NY Times about settlements with State Farm in Mississippi. You may want to pass this along in case anyone we know can re-open their case."

Have a great week!


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