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Jackson church works to rebuild home, lives of needy families

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A burned out home on Factory Street off Gallatin Street in Jackson is a symbol of hope for at least one needy family. 

3 On Your Side received a call about a local church looking to rebuild the house to rebuild lives of those in the community. 

Cars could not drive past Factory Street Monday morning without getting a wave from Ameia Croskey and her ten-year-old daughter. They were trying to gather volunteers to help rebuild the burned out house that Croskey hopes will soon become her new home. Currently her family of four is living with her mother in a small, one-bedroom apartment.

"I really would like a home of my own. I went through a lot; my whole family has been through a lot," said Croskey.

Pastor David Jones of the House of Joy and Praise Church is spear heading the project. The house belonged to Bill Davis when it caught fire last year. He has been homeless ever since.

"We made a promise we were going to get him back into his house," said Jones.

Jones has hopes to expand the home to make room for Davis and the Croskey family. This is like a tremendous blessing to me. To have this opportunity to put in some love and say ok, this is where I am going to lay my head and I got a chance to put my hands in making it happen," said Croskey.

They were depending on help from the community to donate the building materials and reconstruct the home. "We just hope the spirit of Jackson and the hearts of the people will just come out and help us," said Jones.

If you are interested in helping you can contact Jones at (601) 594-6263 or visit www.hojap.org.

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