Habitat for
Humanity

 
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2008 was a very interesting year for myself. At home, I had just completed a 30 minute Documentary working with a local Habitat for Humanity group. At the same time, This Old House was planning a project of our own, to work with those affected by Hurrican Katrina. This natural disaster completely devastated the area in New Orleans known as the Lower 9th Ward. Though some two years removed, there was still much work to be done. So it made perfect sense for This Old House to lend a hand in the recovery process. We spent 10 shows working with one home owner who had suffered much damage, but was still determined to rebuild her home.
 
Free Parking: Whats left of a car,
post Katrina.
This Old House also followed the incredible efforts of the New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, who in concert with Harry Connick Jr and Bradford Marsalis were working to create the Musicians Village that would house 70 homes and a performance center. NBA Cares, consisting of Super Stars, from the past and present also lent a hand while we were there.
Harry Connick Jr and This Old House Host Kevin O'Connor discuss the importance of Musicians Village.
Not only did This Old House renovate a wonderful home, but we got to meet some great people along the way. We were invited to ride upon a Mardi Gras float. For me, it was the first time I had ever experienced Mardi Gras.


It's Mardi Gras Time, aboard one of
the many floats.
There are many ways to get involved in your community. Start by checking your local newspaper or contacting your Town Hall to see what types of programs are available in your area. Most communites have many organzations who give back to the community. Community work is fufilling and fun!
 
Musicans Village: Workers secure walls for a future home.
There are many people who are instrumental in a project of this magnitude. Here, This Old House Host-Kevin O'Connor, Habitat Exec. Dir-Jim Pate and myself enjoy a photo moment at Musicians VIllage.

When completed, the Musicians Village will feature some 70 homes. 80% of these homes will be occupied by local musicians.
 
TOH Host-Kevin O'Connor,
Habitat Exec. Dir. Jim Pate and myself.
If you are ever in need of inspiration, contact your local Habitat for Humanity organization to see what types of projects you can get involved with.
It's window time for this home, which means finishes aren't far behind.

Follow the Efforts of Habitat for Humanity-New Orleans by logging onto:

http://www.habitat-nola.org/