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NOAHH to Host AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon in May 2015

NOAHH is happy to announce that the affiliate is hosting the 20th annual AmeriCorps Build-A-Thon May 19 to 30, 2015, to rebuild America St. in New Orleans East. Over 600 current AmeriCorps and alumni, as well as volunteers, Habitat families, and other partners will converge on New Orleans over the course of two weeks for a 10-home blitz build and neighborhood revitalization projects, including A Brush With Kindness. Today, the 2014-15 class of AmeriCorps was sworn in in a ceremony in New Orleans... Read More »

Reflecting on Nine Years of Rebuilding

“"As we consider the enormous loss endured by the people of our community, we are motivated by both that memory of grief and by the resilience evident in the support given to us by our friends and partners these last nine years to continue our commitment to rebuilding and revitalizing New Orleans.".” Jim Pate, NOAHH Executive Director In the nine years since Hurricane Katrina, NOAHH has gone from gutting houses when there was no infrastructure to being the largest homebuilder in the... Read More »

Chefs and Gardeners Come Together at NOAHH HUG Garden Party

Syrena Johnson never expected to be a chef. Growing up, she helped cook for her family, but she did not expect to one day be receiving the Chefs Move! Scholarship, much less become the first graduate of that program. The opportunity arose while she was working for Liberty's Kitchen, and she made the most of it. She has been fortunate enough to work with many of New Orleans' finest, and while she worked at Restaurant August, Chef Michael Gulotta (who now co-owns MoPho) took her under his wing. From... Read More »

SSPADS Helps NOAHH Continue the Recovery of New Orleans

NOAHH extends special thanks to South Suburban PADS (SSPADS) of Chicago’s south suburbs for their recent gift. The Illinois agency was selected to prepare facilities for housing 100 people left homeless by Hurricane Katrina, and they have continued to support victims of the storm with their recent donation to NOAHH. Their donation will help NOAHH build homes in New Orleans East and other areas heavily affected by the storm, and they are seeking to come down soon to volunteer! SSPADS, established... Read More »

Bell Family Dedication Brings Together NOAHH Partners

Bringing together the Advil Relief Team, volunteers from the New Orleans Mission, Havilah Malone and some crew from her show, NOAHH staff, and the friends and family of Alisha Bell, the home dedication in New Orleans East on Wednesday, July 30, was the culmination of Ms. Bell's time in the Habitat program and a confluence of disparate but dedicated partnerships. Ms. Bell grew up in the St. Thomas Project and dreamed her whole life of homeownership. She joined the NOAHH program to give her daughter... Read More »

Tyrian Robertson, Bonner Scholar and NOAHH Volunteer, Discovers the Circle of Giving

For Tyrian Robertson, life has come full circle. The college sophomore is completing her first summer of service for her Bonner Scholarship program at Earlham College. In the program, students have to complete community service hours during the school year and during the summer. This summer, she chose to work her 280 hours of service with NOAHH both on the work site and in the ReStore t be able to contribute to the rebuilding process and spend time with her family. Born and raised in New... Read More »

20 on 20 at Dirty Coast! Support NOAHH on August 20th!

This August 20, all profits from locally oriented t-shirt and apparel company Dirty Coast will be sharing 20% of their profits with NOAHH for their 20 on 20 program. In 2014, Dirty Coast has selected 12 nonprofits as beneficiaries of their support, focusing on one on the 20th of each month. Dirty Coast has two stores in the New Orleans area, but you can also participate online! For any sale made by Dirty Coast on August 20, 2014, at any time of the day (so long as it is August 20 in the central time... Read More »

Havilah Malone Joins Crossroads Cincinnati on Site

Thursday, July 24, TV host and motivational speaker Havilah Malone joined NOAHH staff and volunteers on site to speak with them about three of NOAHH's programs--our homeownership program, our ABWK program, and our HUG Initiative. She is the host of Inside Havilah's Corner, which airs on My54 WUPL-TV, and she has spent most of her career in media trying to find ways to help others, from her role in the Style Networks TV show The Amandas to her current talk show and live radio show at the Therapy Ultra... Read More »


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