Rebuilding Together New Orleans (RTNO), an initiative of the Preservation Resource Center (PRC), has partnered with the Junior League and Shell Oil Company, along with other companies and organizations; in a four day push to remodel low income houses in several neighborhoods, including Hollygrove starting next weekend.
The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) has coordinated upwards of 150 volunteers who will roll up their sleeves and dust off the elbow grease (and paint, varnish, & power tools!) to help elderly and disabled homeowners improve their quality of life. Shell Oil Company will produce roughly 75 more volunteers. The groups will work hand-in-hand to give new life to two homes.
The program, which has been active since 1989, was provided a plethora of applicants after Hurricane Katrina, all of whom are screened and selected by the PRC. Becky Dormon, the representative from JLNO, knows that her group is not afraid of hard work. They request the most blighted properties to “give the volunteers the real experience” and embrace what the program is really about. Doing something hard, for people who are unable, thus benefitting an entire community. After the home’s repairs are complete, the owners can hopefully return to their residence within a few months following city inspections and once permitting is complete. For some, who have been staying out of town for the last few years, the Rebuilding Together program has provided them with a bright light at the end of a very long dark tunnel.
The program also offers a uniquely New Orleans charitable program as well. The Salvage Shop, also run by RTNO volunteers, scopes out interesting pieces from the homes; such as early 20th century shutters, fire place faces or iron fencing. The group preserves and repurposes them for sale. All proceeds are redirected into the cost of saving the homes from which they were recovered.
To volunteer with the Rebuilding Together New Orleans outreach or to provide financial support, visit their official website.
WHEN: Friday, Sept. 30th & Saturday, Oct. 1st. Friday, Oct. 7th & Saturday, Oct. 8th
Selected homes on Mistletoe Street and Colapissa St.