13 Students are currently in New Orleans to continue to rebuild the city post-Katrina.
They are working with Rebuilding Together. Rebuilding Together New Orleans has been able to renovate over 100 homes in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, allowing low-income families to live in safety, warmth and dignity.
While in New Orleans, the students will be working to finish a home for a woman and her family who are originally from Chicago, Illinois but moved to the Esplanade Ridge/Treme’ neighborhood almost twenty years ago. The family evacuated to the Chicago area at the time of Katrina. While the family was in Chicago, they remained optimistic that they would be able to return and rebuild their home in the neighborhood that they had grown to love. The family returned to New Orleans and began the process of rebuilding the family’s home.
One of her family’s favorite memories of their neighborhood is how they enjoyed watching parades and second lines pass in front of the house. Although the family have moved back into their home, they still have some repairs that need to be completed.
Rebuilding Together is stepping in to give them the help they need in making the final repairs to the home they love.