Welcome Home Party with Rebuilding Together
It’s hard to imagine, 13 years after New Orleans was flooded by the levee failures following Hurricane Katrina, that some homeowners are still struggling to get back into their houses. But that was the situation for Vietnam veteran Henry Martin, 67, and Korean War veteran, Charles Heisser, 86, and his wife, Cynthia, 83, until the Preservation Resource Center’s Rebuilding Together New Orleans program jumped in to help.
In the years since the flooding destroyed their houses, the Heissers and Martin — who are neighbors on Kendall Drive in Gentilly — have dealt with unscrupulous contractors, who performed substandard work and then left their houses unfinished, and also faced other challenges that made it impossible for them to complete the work themselves.
As a result, since the storm, the Heissers have been living in their garage, while Martin has been living without electricity in his unfinished house.
When the PRC’s Rebuilding Together heard about these homeowners’ plight, the program immediately started formulating plans to assist. Rebuilding Together makes vital repairs and improvements to the houses of low-income elderly, disabled and veteran homeowners.
Thanks to sponsorship from the Home Depot Foundation and volunteers from Shell and other local businesses, Rebuilding Together made crucial repairs, completely rebuilding the Heissers’ house and Martin’s house so they can finally recover from Hurricane Katrina.
To help these homeowners celebrate, Rebuilding Together will host a Welcome Home party on Aug. 22 for Henry Martin and Charles and Cynthia Heisser. Please join us.
The Heissers and Martin are just a few of the New Orleans homeowners who have been helped by Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a program of the nonprofit Preservation Resource Center. Rebuilding Together celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Since 1988, it has completed 1,587 projects, helped 1,517 New Orleans homeowners, and coordinated more than 25,000 volunteers since Hurricane Katrina. To volunteer, email Kat Schweitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org.