Rebuilding Together in Hollygrove
The nonprofit Rebuilding Together has been at work in Hollygrove and held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the newly renovated home of Mr. Lloyd Columbus Nov. 11, 2011.
Rebuilding Together is the nation's leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership. They announced the completion of Rebuild 1000, a program that has utilized the Rebuilding Together Affiliate Network to recruit skilled and unskilled volunteers to help rebuild housing in the Gulf.
REBUILD 1000 IMPACT
1000 family homes renovated$6 million in donated funds leveraged to deliver nearly $30 million in market value to the regionOver 25,000 volunteers cultivated from across the country donating more than 600,000 hours of serviceStrengthened the capacity of local Rebuilding Together affiliates and communities, ensuring the stability of affordable homeownership throughout the building process.
To mark the conclusion of this massive rebuilding project, Rebuilding Together held it's network affiliate conference in New Orleans November 10th and 12th, in addition to handing over the keys to Mr. Columbus on Colapissa Street on November 11th.
Lloyd Columbus, 74, is a Korean War veteran and was a dedicated longshoreman in Port South Louisiana for over 23 years. Mr. Columbus has been a resident of the historic Hollygrove neighborhood for 46 years and for more than 28 of those years, he has been the proud owner of his one-story, medium-sized home, a home that was devastated when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on the 29th of August 2005.
With his insurance money, Mr. Columbus hired a contractor to raise his home, but there was still much to be done. He sought help with the reconstruction from Rebuilding Together who stepped in and finished the renovations.
ABOUT REBUILDING TOGETHER NEW ORLEANS
Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a local affiliate of Rebuilding Together, Inc. has restored and revitalized more than 1,200 homes over the past 22 years in the New Orleans area. Utilizing volunteer labor, Rebuilding Together New Orleans allows low-income families in communities across the city to live in comfort, safety, and dignity. Rebuilding Together New Orleans is a program of the Preservation Resource Center, an organization devoted to promoting the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans' historic architecture and neighborhoods. For more information, visit www.RTNO.org