Almost five years after Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, communities remain in need of help rebuilding, restoring, and replacing their homes and neighborhoods. Over the past four years, Rebuilding Together New Orleans, Catholic Charities of New Orleans, and the Order of Malta have come together to help their fellow Americans. Over 800 volunteers in 21 week sessions have successfully rebuilt the homes for some 30 plus families.This year the organizations moved into Phase IV, working on neighborhoods in center city near the French Quarter. YSK President Mike Pickard, his daughter, Amy; his son, Jordan; his Father, Jim (Chairman of YSK); and his Mother, Mary, joined 6 other members of the Lancaster Hospitaller Region of the Order of Malta, Federal Association, USA for one of these work weeks – sessions which will last through May of this year.
The following are some pictures from that week:
We think what all these volunteers are doing is pretty cool. And we’re grateful for their continued, selfless efforts almost half a decade after the storm.