Affiliate Updates: one month later…

One for the scrapbook

On Day 5 of the Carter Work Project, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, took a tour of the Habitat ReStore in Covington, La. When the former president heard that three Habitat homeowners were members of the staff there, he pulled them all aside and asked for commemorative photos. Future homeowner Joy Velez (next to Mrs. Carter) and new homeowners Shawn Schexnayder and Joey Maddox obviously were delighted to comply.
Affiliate Updates: one month later… -- Habitat for Humanity Int'l 1

Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (host affiliate)
The work has not slowed at the host site for the 2008 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project. One month after the Carter Work Project week, more than 95 percent of the homes in Pascagoula are complete; 98 percent are finished in Biloxi; and more than 90 percent of the rehabs in Gulfport are ready.

Bayou Area (Louisiana) HFH

Rainy weather didn’t douse the spirits of more than 50 volunteers who spent May 11-16 in Thibodaux, helping to start four of nine houses being built as part of the 2008 Carter Project.

Bay-Waveland Area HFH (Mississippi)

This year’s Carter Project was a galvanizing event for the communities of Bay St. Louis and Waveland, Miss., which bore the brunt of Hurricane Katrina’s fury almost three years ago and is still struggling to regain some sense of normalcy.

Calcasieu Area HFH (Louisiana)

Small but mighty, Habitat’s affiliate in Lake Charles, La., continues to rebuild in the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Rita, buoyed by the determination and generosity of local volunteers and sponsors. “When someone volunteers, they don’t give just their sweat,” said Emily Davault, development director at HFH Calcasieu Area. “They give their heart.”

East St. Tammany (Louisiana) HFH

Nearly three years after the deadly hurricane season of 2005, residents of Slidell, La., and surrounding areas finally are able to pitch in and help their neighbors who are in desperate need of a home. For this year’s Carter Project, local volunteers stepped up in grand style, helping to build six homes and begin construction on four others.

Greater Baton Rouge HFH (Louisiana)

Fueled by standout local cooking courtesy of the Salvation Army, 224 volunteers from all over the country helped start 13 new homes in the Baton Rouge area. By early fall, all 13 homes should be finished and ready for families.

Hattiesburg (Mississippi) HFH

By the end of the summer, five families in the Hattiesburg, Miss., area will have new homes, thanks for more than 200 volunteers who pitched in during the Carter Project. “There is still so much to be done,” said Andrea Dixon, executive director of Hattiesburg HFH.

Houston (Texas) HFH

Everything is big in Texas: More than 600 volunteers helped start construction on 25 houses in Houston during the week of May 11-16. Among the 600 were student athletes in town to participate in NCAA Division II spring tournaments. Top performers in softball, tennis, lacrosse and golf became builders for a week.

Jefferson County HFH (Texas)

A midweek rainout slowed progress on two Carter Project houses in Beaumont, Texas, but local volunteers have stepped up to help get construction back on track. Both houses should be finished by August, said Uliana Trylowsky, executive director of HFH of Jefferson County.

Lafayette (Louisiana) HFH

An unlikely alliance of Baptists from around the world and inmates from the local prison made short work of building 12 houses in the Kaplan community for families who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina nearly three years ago. All 12 homes should be ready to move in by this fall.

Lauderdale County (Mississippi) HFH

Three years ago, Meridian took in more than 10,000 people who were fleeing hurricanes Katrina and Rita; some 3,000 evacuees have remained in this hilly city, exacerbating an existing shortage of affordable housing. For this year’s Carter Project, about 15 local volunteers began construction of two homes for families in dire need.

Mobile County HFH(Alabama)

More than 300 volunteers—from as far away as New Zealand—built 10 houses during the week of May 11-16, bringing to 30 the number of Carter Project homes that will be finished in Mobile County before the end of the year. “It was a great start to the project, but the work is not finished,” said Anita Havel, resource development manager for the Mobile affiliate.

New Orleans Area (Louisiana) HFH

Of 29 new homes being built in New Orleans as part of this year’s Carter Project, seven are already finished and the rest have all reached at least the halfway point. “Our partner families are still in awe after the outpouring of support from the volunteers and their friendships,” said Aleis Tusa, communications director at the New Orleans affiliate.

Pearl River County (Mississippi) HFH

A dozen volunteers—mostly local residents—made admirable progress during this year’s Carter Project. Two of the four houses being built in Picayune, Miss., are now at the “dried-in” stage, awaiting only interior work.

St. Tammany West HFH (Louisiana)

Nearly 200 volunteers from 11 states and the gigantic country of India helped build 12 houses for families in need in the Covington-Mandeville area. Before the end of the year, the affiliate and its partners vow to finish 18 more houses for the 2008 Carter Project.

Washington (Louisiana) HFH

Twenty volunteers from Solid Rock Carpenters in Chicago traveled to Bogalusa, La., in May to help build five houses for the Carter Project. The Washington Parish affiliate is one of many that have exponentially increased their productivity to cope with the aftermath of the 2005 hurricanes.