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Trinity HOF Blitz Build group shot.

This morning, two major churches in the New Orleans area came together on site to start a two week blitz build in Hollygrove. Trinity Episcopal Church and Household of Faith brought members of their congregations, old friends, and church leadership on site to build Ashley Kottemann’s new home, raising the walls and blessing the home and kickstarting the blitz build. The home will go from floors to finished by October 17, and the home will be dedicated the following week, with members of both churches on site throughout.

Reverends Antoine Barriere and Henry Hudson spoke before the wall raising along with Jim Pate, NOAHH’s executive director. They spoke of their dedication to affordable housing and the local community before Reverend Hudson lead everyone in prayer. Partner family Ashley Kottemann then thanked the gathered volunteers for helping her with her new home as she prepared for her first day volunteering on the build site.

Both churches are longtime partners of NOAHH, but this is the first time they have worked together on a blitz build, and the collaboration of their congregations brings together people from around New Orleans to help Ashley achieve her dream. However, both churches also chose to work together to help break down racial barriers. Both churches have had similar missions for years, and both have worked with NOAHH, but this is the first time they have come together.

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