Friday, March 20, student volunteers, NOAHH staff, and the Kennedy family gathered at Tamika Kennedy's new home in New Orleans East to celebrate the final milestone on Tamika's road to homeownership. A week later, Friday, March 27, the Harris family joined Quenetria "Que" Harris at her home a few blocks away, coming together to honor the completion of a home that had seen major donors and convention groups, student volunteers and individuals over the course of its construction.
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David Cotton, a retired art teacher, bought his home in Central City in 1968. His wife and mother-in-law picked it out, and he paid for it. They liked the neighborhood, which they had lived in before. Over the years, it's changed little. A new hospital, restaurants over on Freret, and a few other new buildings have been built, but the neighbors are still the same. It still has easy access to public transportation and downtown, and it's still the place he calls home, even after flood waters ruined... Read More »
It all started as an expression of gratitude. On an alternative spring break trip seven years ago, students from the Juilliard School had been spending the day on Ferry Place, a short street in the Carrollton area of New Orleans that has now been completely revitalized by the building of fourteen homes. The students had been working on three of those homes alongside students and other volunteer groups, and they decided they would show thanks to those who had joined them on site that week with a little... Read More »
NOAHH is excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB) and State Investors Bank to bring affordable home repair to a dozen local families. The Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) is a program run by the FHLB that provides funding for home repair projects for those who might not otherwise be able to complete them, making it a natural fit for our A Brush With Kindness program. NOAHH took this opportunity to address several larger projects that have... Read More »
This spring, over 1,600 students will join NOAHH on the build site as spring break volunteers, and many of the schools will be volunteering for the tenth time since their partnership began as a response to Hurricane Katrina. Over 75% of the schools are returning for at least the second time, and most of the returning schools have volunteered at least five times in the past. As the affiliate commemorates the decennial anniversary, we are seeking to honor many of the partners who have made these last... Read More »
Syrena Johnson's voice didn't carry quite like the others. She stood on the floor system of her in-progress home and thanked the crowd of about 400 volunteers from VMware for making her dream of homeownership come true, quietly speaking about how she is honored to be able to achieve her dream at such a young age. She clutched the microphone and spoke of her life. Despite only being in her early 20s, Syrena has accomplished much. She was the first recipient of the Chefs Move! Scholarship, which sent... Read More »
The Breaux siblings gathered on a cold, rainy afternoon to bless and dedicate the home of brother Byron, making him the third member of the family to become a Habitat homeowner. Byron Breaux's new home stood finished next to a park in New Orleans East, while his sister Lynn's Habitat home was a few blocks away. Diane, the first Breaux to own a Habitat home in New Orleans, was unable to attend. Joining Byron and Lynn was their brother John, who gave the home blessing at the end of the ceremony.
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As one of the earliest conventions to return to New Orleans after the storm, and one of the earliest airlines to start running flights to the city as well, Southwest Airlines has a history of supporting the city. On Wednesday, January 14, 250 Southwest employees, executives, and partners joined NOAHH in the Lower Ninth Ward for an Attack the Block neighborhood revitalization event to continue their efforts to support the area. Many of the volunteers had previously visited in 2006, only five months... Read More »