On April 1, 2014, Mayor Mitch Landrieu recognized local AmeriCorps members as part of the Mayor's Day of Recognition for National Service. NOAHH AmeriCorps were on hand at the event, and our Blight Reduction Coordinator Michelle Conway took the time to share her thoughts:
"Given my position as Blight Reduction Coordinator at New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, hearing the mayor honor and thank service members took on particular significance for me. Blight reduction has been a major focus of... Read More »
Part of fighting substandard housing and blight in New Orleans is addressing every facet of what makes neighborhoods places people want to live. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NOAHH learned first hand how signs of recovery and progress would draw people back who had been reluctant to return. As new homes were built in hard hit neighborhoods, the people who already lived there began returning, finding the welcome sight of new construction to be a sign it was safe and reasonable to return.... Read More »
Last minute touch ups were still going on in the light mud outside the home in Hollygrove just an hour before Fuzzae Williams arrived for his home dedication on an unusually chilly March morning. In the backyard, his friends and family were setting up for a crawfish boil and welcoming party, and volunteers were gathering out front from other NOAHH work sites to join the celebration of Williams' new home. As family and friends of Williams, NOAHH volunteers, and staff waited for the ceremony to begin,... Read More »
Jazz and and classical music filled the ReStore as the Metairie Park Country Day students played to a crowd of several hundred of their fellows students, parents, school and NOAHH staff, and other guests. As they enjoyed good food and wine, the attendees of the third ReStore Art Show also sampled the paintings and ceramic art works created by students from Metairie Park Country Day and Academy of the Sacred Heart. By the end of the night, almost all of the art had sold, and as the ReStore closed... Read More »
The highlight of the Habitat experience is the home dedication. Each dedication is the culmination of incalculable hard work, and for those of us who have seen so many home dedications over the years, the sight of a homeowner raising their (symbolic) key in victory at the end of the gift giving part of the ceremony is the reason we work for NOAHH. When it's pointed out that Wednesday's dedication was no different from most of the others we've been to, this is a good thing.
Latoure Steward grew... Read More »
There is a fondness in Andy Schroeder's voice as he describes one of his many days volunteering on site with NOAHH. Though those days are often full of hard work and high temperatures, it's clear that Andy has enjoyed it. As he puts it, his work began shortly after he finished fixing his own home in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and, as he puts it in his modest manner, "it dawned on [him] that someone else might need help, too." He says he volunteered with NOAHH and never left after that. One day... Read More »
Carrie Angrum has lived in New Orleans for 35 years. She has three daughters, one of whom, Tranetta, is already a Habitat homeowner, and five grandchildren. As she says, she wants everyone to know that she is 55 years old and about to own her own home, something she never expected to happen. She is in the middle of her sweat equity work, working alongside fellow Walmart employee and NOAHH partner family member Julie Hicks, volunteers, and NOAHH staff.
Ms. Angrum lived in the Iberville housing... Read More »
New Orleans, LA, (March 20, 2014) – New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) will be hosting its third art show March 20, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., in the ReStore showcasing work from students at Metairie Park Country Day School and Academy of the Sacred Heart.
“The art the students make is nothing short of impressive,” said Jim Pate, executive director of NOAHH. “We’re proud to host their work and support the arts in New Orleans. It’s an integral part... Read More »