Mississippi United Methodist Church Katrina Recovery Camps Camp Gulfside 950 Beach Blvd, Waveland Camp Gulfside is located on the grounds of what was Gulfside Assembly, one of our two United Methodist retreat centers on the Mississippi Coast. Established in 1923 by Bishop Robert E. Jones, the first black bishop to serve as a general superintendent of the Methodist Episcopal Church, it is a site of approximately 70 acres right on the Gulf. In 1980, Gulfside was dedicated as the 97th historical site of The United Methodist Church. Unfortunately, Katrina completely devastated this once-beautiful facility, and now plans are being made to rebuild, though it will be some time in the future. Our modular building at Gulfside has sleeping rooms equipped with bunk beds, a fully equipped kitchen, large dining area, lounge, and restrooms. The site also has a shower building and tool storage. Teams at Camp Gulfside can do much good in the communities of Pearlington, Waveland, Bay St. Louis, and all over Hancock county. Camp Seashore 1410 Leggett Drive, Biloxi Like Gulfside, Seashore Assembly is a United Methodist retreat center on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that sustained significant damage during Katrina. However, some of the facilities have been restored, and we use these dorms to lodge teams. Located in Biloxi right on the water, Camp Seashore provides a great location for housing volunteers in an area of the coast devastated by Katrina. Camp Seashore has eight dorm rooms available in Frazier Hall, each with three sets of bunks and a cafeteria- style dining room where teams have meals prepared for them. The accommodations are very comfortable, and our Host Site Coordinator, Joanne Parker, directs the work within the community. Camp St. Paul Hwys. 90 and 57, Ocean Springs Soon after Katrina’s landfall, local United Methodist churches across Mississippi began to reach out and support their neighbors. Some became distribution sites, others Red Cross shelters, and others housing sites for volunteer teams. St. Paul UMC, located on U.S. Hwy. 90 just off the Gulf of Mexico in Ocean Springs, entered into an agreement with a non-denominational organization that would become know as CORE. CORE base camp was soon formed for volunteer teams, and thousands of volunteers have stayed and ministered to those hurting over the last few months. CORE closed its operation at St. Paul August 1, and the Mississippi United Methodist Katrina Response has installed a modular building to house volunteers. We hope to continue the good work CORE began, working with St. Paul UMC to reach out into the community and help heal hearts and homes. The modular building can house up to 100 volunteers in bunks, and kitchen and dining facilities are available. From here volunteer teams can work on hundreds of homes impacted by Katrina. Camp Hope 13624 Hwy. 57, Vancleave Camp Hope, located on the property of Vancleave United Methodist Church, is one of our newer mission dites, constructed not only to meet the continued needs of this recovery but also to meet needs of future disasters in both Mississippi and the neighboring states. Vancleave and Mount Pleasant United Methodist churches and Rev. Larry Maugh and his wife Celeste have been active in recovery since immediately after landfall. The ministry includes five other United Methodist churches as well as several Baptist churches and Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Missioners have been housed at Vancleave UMC in the Sunday school classrooms since the first team arrived on September 8, 2005. When you enter the sanctuary of this wonderful church, you will immediately notice banners from many states hanging from the ceiling. Each banner contains the names of mission groups that have come to Vancleave to give of their time and abilities, helping to heal hearts and homes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Larry and Celeste, drawing on their many years of construction experience, continue to lead their congregations in helping their neighbors and the surrounding communities of Pascagoula, Moss Point, Escatawpa, Kreole, St. Martin, and Ocean Springs. Their guidance and continued interaction with teams continues to be vital part of the recovery effort. You will find that Vancleave is a place of true southern hospitality, where rest and worship, relationships and compassion, all go hand in hand with hard work and outreach into the community. Camp Love (Nugent UMC) 13183 John Clark Rd. Gulfport Camp Love, located on the property of Nugent United Methodist Church in North Gulfport, is one of our newer mission sites, constructed not only to meet the continued needs of this recovery, but also to meet needs of future disasters in both Mississippi and the neighboring states. Nugent UMC, under the direction of Rev. Larry Hilliard, has been active in recovery since immediately after landfall. The church has hosted dozens of teams and provided assistance to neighbors all around. Rev. Hilliard continues to lead the congregation in helping their neighbors and the surrounding community. Their guidance and continued interaction with teams has been and will continue to be vital to our effort.