Day 5, P.M.
Thursday Evening: When I knocked on Earnestine Cole's FEMA trailer Thursday afternoon, she was looking up scripture passages for the words "love and friend." A bible teacher at her Gautier church, Cole feels blessed with a succession of teams that have worked on her house since February.
"God's got some good souls here on this Earth," she told me.
These good souls include folks from Claysville, West Alexander and Washington who have labored in the Mississippi heat to dry wall her entire home this week. Tomorrow, she will serve them lunch – her homemade gumbo.
"They're family now and always will be," said Cole.