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Students Return to NOAHH for Alternative Spring Break

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 »

Kicking Off Build-A-Thon With VMware

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 Family Celebrates a Home Dedication in New Orleans East

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. Leading... Read More »

Southwest Airlines Attacks the Block With NOAHH

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 »

Alternative Winter Break With NOAHH

Though they do not number quite as many as Alternative Spring Break (ASB) volunteers, the students (and faculty) who spend their winter breaks with NOAHH still manage to do impressive work. Like ASB, Alternative Winter Break (AWB) is organized through universities and colleges around the country. At most schools, like Ohio State University, the two are handled by the same organization. Meena Mihalski, one of the trip leaders with Buck-I-Serv, the student-run service organization at Ohio State University,... Read More »

Happy New Year!

Thank you for your support! End of year giving has been phenomenal in 2014! The donations you have given will bring new homes (and more) for many hard working local families. You are New Orleans. Next year will prove to be a major year in our affiliate's ongoing commitment to New Orleans. With the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the event that brought support and attention from around the world to NOAHH, we hope to honor both the losses from the storm and progress that has occurred in the... Read More »

Happy Holidays from New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity!

NOAHH wishes you a safe and merry holiday season! Your support for NOAHH has given hundreds of local families comfortable places to gather for the holidays. Every volunteer hour, donation, or moment of advocacy translates into happier and brighter holidays for generations to come, and we here at NOAHH wish you the same joy you've brought our partner families in your own holidays. We would also like to extend warm holiday greetings to our tithe partner affiliate Habitat Kyrgyzstan, whose newsletter... Read More »

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 »


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