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ABWK Partners Highlight the True Value of a Home

The damage wrought by Hurricane Katrina had a toll that went beyond a monetary value. For those able to return, it was often a matter of literally picking up the pieces. Flood waters from the federal levee breaches filled some houses from floor to ceiling, ruining everything in them. Many homeowners had spent most of their lives in the homes they lost, and over the course of decades, they created memories that gave their homes profound sentimental value and altered the home to their specific requirements... Read More »

Donate Clothing and Household Wares to Raise Money for NOAHH

At dozens of locations around the New Orleans area, Charity Clothing Pickup has placed bins, marked with NOAHH's logo, in parking lots and open spaces to collect clothing for thrift stores and other outlets, and part of the proceeds raised will go to NOAHH! The boxes are for clothing, apparel accessories like purses and bags, glasses and jewelry, footwear, housewares, baby items, and towels and other linens. To find a nearby box, click here or see below for a list of local businesses who have agreed... Read More »

Our Thanks to Departing Board Members

We want to thank Rose Lo, Philip Monteleone, Katherine Harmon (pictured here w/ Executive Director Jim Pate and Board President Katie Crosby), Taylor Beery and Mike Flores for years of service on our Board. NOAHH's Board is an essential part of our organization, providing guidance, advocacy, and support to the affiliate. Their hard work over the course of their tenure with New Orleans Habitat has been crucial to every event, large or small, and the ongoing growth of our affiliate. We extend our... Read More »

Thank You from New Orleans Habitat

On a windy day in early November, Sheldonna Durosseau and her daughter Aviona arrived at their new home as staff and volunteers gathered to join them in celebrating their home dedication ceremony. Her words to the gathered crowd are words of gratitude. In the crowd are people who helped to build her home and the people who guided her through the program, and volunteers who worked on homes for other partner families, but her gratitude extends to everyone who helped make her home possible. Sheldonna... Read More »

ABWK Homeowner Profile: John Washington

The resilient nature of New Orleans--and New Orleanians--has never been as evident as in the case of John Washington. Sitting in his home near Gentilly Boulevard, he tells of the numerous trials he has faced since his life took a turn during Hurricane Katrina. At no point in his narrative does he suggest he ever once thought of giving up, and at no point do his actions suggest he ever sat idly by. Since the storm, he has worked constantly at returning to his home, despite all the setbacks. As... Read More »

National Association of Realtors Returns to Volunteer With NOAHH

The men and women in the National Association of Realtors (NAR) first began volunteering with NOAHH in 2002, when their convention first came to New Orleans and first partnered with a Habitat affiliate. They worked on Annunciation St. with homeowner Rosalee Lewis, Nelle Postell, realtor of Charleston, SC, designed a basket weave walkway for the home that, despite the effort involved, they managed to finish in one day. As their conventions have a four year cycle, their next scheduled convention... Read More »

NOAHH and St. Roch CDC Dedicate New Home for the Watkins Family

A warm and breezy Sunday afternoon brought together New Orleans Habitat and St. Roch Community Development Corporation to dedicate a home on Spain St. in St. Roch to Pastor J.B. Watkins, his wife Stephanie and their three children. The Watkins family graciously accepted symbolic house-warming gifts and the key to their brand new home from friends and members of their congregation as a sign of the devotion the Watkins are bringing to St. Roch.. “We are grateful that this reality will take... Read More »

NOAHH Planting for the Future with NOFTP

This fall, the New Orleans Fruit Tree Project (NOFTP) will be bringing their trees to NOAHH's homeowners! NOFTP is a program that harvests fruit throughout New Orleans to provide fresh fruit for local nonprofits that address hunger, including Second Harvest Food Bank and the Tulane Community Health Center at Covenant House. They have worked with NOAHH in the past and are currently partnering with us to bring satsuma, Meyer lemon, and kumquat trees to homeowners who opt in to their program. The... Read More »


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