Following Hurricane Katrina’s devastating landfall on August 29, 2005, TCCI's activities expanded to include hurricane relief in addition to local environmental conservation, historic preservation, and community planning. Amid government failure of virtually every kind, we distributed over $20,000 of relief to residents of the Turkey Creek basin and nearby communities. With partners including the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Mississippi Center for Justice and others, we worked without rest to protect our watershed's cultural, environmental and housing resources from additional harm during the redevelopment process. Like nothing before it, Katrina dramatized and heightened the need for such work across the gulf coast, leading to TCCI's regional role as a beacon and ally to a host of similarly situated communities in coastal MS, LA and AL. Emboldened rather than redirected, TCCI's mission and goals for comprehensive revitalization remain steadfast - with natural and cultural resource stewardship and community values at the core.
TCCI VOLUNTEER CAMP
TCCI has recently completed constructing a temporary camp facility to accommodate volunteers (groups or individuals) interested in helping in the Turkey Creek-North Gulfport area. Most of the many thousands of volunteers who have aided gulf coast communities since Katrina have slept (and worked) where facilities have been available to house them. This has left North Gulfport comparatively unassisted, even though it has long been the City of Gulfport's most disinvested and marginalized community.
Established in partnership with Harrison County and volunteers from Virginia Tech, the newly finished camp includes two 35-person sea-huts, six outdoor showers, two bathrooms, a kitchen facility, and even wi-fi access. Please contact TCCI's Volunteer Coordinators, Ms. Mollie Abshire or Mr. Jon Grant @ (228)865-4420) or click HERE to e-mail.