Area Churches Getting Victims Back on Their Feet

Dave and Jayne Austin didn't get out with much.

"Two suits of clothes a piece, pillows, a blanket, some dog food and my dogs. That's all we had," said Jayne.

And with that, the Austins left their gulfport home hours before Katrina tore their community apart.

But the Austin's had never been to Dothan. And after seeing pictures of their city in ruins, a two night stay turned into a race for shelter and stability. That is where the Columbia Baptist Association came in.

"We had a couple from one of our churches come in and said they had a house available for a small family if we needed it", said the ministry's Director, Fred Cook.

And the Austin's needed it. The ministry donated a home, furniture, clothing, and even food. The association is supported by fifty five churches, which held bake sales and car washes for the Austin’s.

"At first it almost seemed a little eerie", Dave said, "that we found a town so full of compassion and love as Dothan."


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