For Marrero resident Ashley Hebert's 16th birthday, she chose a very different kind of celebration. Though her parents surprised her with a party afterward, she spent most of her day working on a Habitat work site. That first year, she convinced her family and friends to spend a day on site with her, and when it was all over, she was almost too tired to celebrate.
"Everything was so good for me, I thought I should give back," she said. According to her mother, she has always been concerned for others.
"She... Read More »
A little over 15 years ago, Eric and Tanya Weaver came to NOAHH Executive Director Jim Pate (then with the Dallas affiliate) with a request. They wanted to start a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Kyrgyzstan. All Habitat affiliates tithe a portion of their fundraising to Habitat for Humanity International in order to support national affiliates across the globe, and they can select which affiliate their support goes to. The Weavers requested Jim choose their new affiliate as the beneficiary of the... Read More »
Renewal is at the heart of NOAHH's cause. Every homeowner in our program is working toward a new life, a chance to make things better for themselves and their families. Our affiliate has also been at the center of the rebuilding efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a task that is ongoing even 9 years later. Nothing our affiliate does isn't part of seeking some form of renewal, even our New Orleans Habitat Urban Garden Initiative or our A Brush With Kindness program. In every aspect of our organization,... Read More »
Under threat of rain, some 70 volunteers gathered at the home in Central City to celebrate the dedication of Julie Hicks' new home. Coming from across the U.S. and from right here in New Orleans, the volunteers came in from other worksites around the city to cap of a long day of hard work with a ceremony marking the completion of the Hicks family's house. The volunteers from Jesuit High School, Urban Youth for Africa, and the Catholic Heart Workcamp joined NOAHH in the ceremony, giving Julie the... Read More »
Standing on the porch of his new four bedroom home, Charles Boehm (who sometimes goes by "Chase") laid his arm around Family Services Director Anna Danese as he sought the words to express his gratitude. As he looked out over the crowd of a few dozen volunteers, still muddy from their morning on the work site, he repeated his thanks to them and others like them who had made his dream of homeownership possible.
Chase Boehm and Lindsey Middlebush are the parents of three girls, Chloey Rei, Phoebe,... Read More »
The Times-Picayune ran a great article on one of our ABWK projects yesterday, and we just had to share it! Read about how a simple conversation lead to a not one but two homeowners joining our A Brush With Kindness program. With a little help from volunteers (including our USMC volunteers!) and NOAHH staff, they transformed their homes and added a little bit of security! Read More »
How does a family manage 300 hours of sweat equity in two months? According to Eric Imes, the answer is "determination." Working Tuesday to Friday, and taking Saturday to rest, the Imes family has managed in two months five times what they were expected to accomplish.
The Imes family consists of Eric and Gayle (who are now retired), their two children Michael Taylor and Valerie, and Valerie's two young boys, Joshua and Aaron. They have lived most of their lives in New Orleans, and after they had... Read More »
The Independent Sector, a leadership network for nonprofits, recently issued the results of a study calculating the value of a volunteer hour, placing it at an average of $22.55 in 2013 nationwide and $22.13 for Louisiana specifically. Volunteers are integral to NOAHH's program, allowing the affiliate to charge no interest on our mortgages, which is the keystone to providing affordable housing to hard working, low income homeowners. There were 13,826 instances (eight hour shifts) of volunteering... Read More »