What are you most looking forward to when the October Build repairs on your home are complete?
“Showing it off, Showing it off, Showing it off!” – Jane Meyers

Jane Meyers is a born and raised New Orleanian, having grown up in the B.W. Cooper Housing Development. She’s raised five children in the city, and has 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, most still living in New Orleans. One of her grandsons and his daughter live on the other side of the Bywater double shotgun, along with their Doberman Sasha, who according to Ms. Meyers, “rules the whole house.”

An employee of Charity Hospital for over 25 years, Meyers moved from department to department before having a brain surgery that forced to her stop working. Now that she’s retired and on a limited income, she needs Rebuilding Together New Orleans’ help to complete repairs that allow her to continue living safely in her home. Rebuilding Together is a program of the Preservation Resource Center that provides critical home repairs to homeowners in need.

On Meyers’ house, a fresh coat of paint is crucial as the old lead paint flakes and chips off the aging home, posing a threat to her young great granddaughter living there. Siding replacement throughout the house and a new living room window will help protect the family from the elements. Small accessibility additions like handrails and grab bars in the bathrooms will additionally help Meyers as she’s been experiencing hip pain and finds it harder to get around.

Meyers says she can’t wait for repairs to be finished so she can show off her home. An active member of Broadway Mission Baptist Church, she’s most excited to have her friends, fellow church members, and family over for gatherings. Her favorite thing to do in New Orleans is take her annual steamboat trip on the river for her birthday, and once repairs are finished she’ll be able to continue the party from the boat to her home.


October Build is a program of Rebuilding Together New Orleans and the Preservation Resource Center that organizes volunteers to provide critical home repairs to New Orleans homeowners who do not have the physical or financial ability to do so on their own. These home repairs provided at no cost allow longtime New Orleans homeowners sustain their independence and continue living safely and healthily in their homes. Since 1988, October Build has repaired nearly 1,600 houses for low-income elderly disabled and veteran homeowners. October Build 2018 is presented by Chevron.