Shelia Varnado, former executive director of Recover, Rebuild, Restore South Mississippi (R3SM), and University of Southern Mississippi President Emeritus Aubrey K. Lucas stand in front of the Lucas/Varnado Volunteer House Tuesday, March 25 after the facility was dedicated in their honor. Located on Buschman Street in historic downtown Hattiesburg, the Lucas/Varnado House provides space for the agency’s administrative offices and housing for volunteers who come to the area to participate in community service initiatives.
R3SM was formed by the United Way of Southeast Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and continues providing recovery services designed to alleviate suffering and stress for the people of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry counties who have unmet needs due to the occurrence of a disaster. For more information about R3SM, visit http://www.r3sm.org/. (Southern Miss photo by Danny Rawls)