New Orleans, LA
March 1st-9th, 2014
Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Spend the week working in Louisiana with Rebuilding Together New Orleans as you help reconstruct houses and repair damages from Hurricane Katrina. Rebuilding Together believes in a safe and healthy home for every person, working to preserve affordable homeownership, especially for those who are aging, veterans or with disabilities, and revitalize communities by providing free home modifications and repairs, making homes safer, more accessible, and more energy efficient.
RTNO is a continuing volunteer effort to improve the quality of life of low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, or single head of households with minor children, through home repair and revitalization of New Orleans' neighborhoods.
Rebuilding Together fills a pressing need in our communities. The rising cost of living and falling social services budgets have left some of our most vulnerable neighbors without the most basic of necessities, a warm, safe, and dry home.
The nation is facing enormous problems, many of which have reached crisis levels. The low-income homeowners that Rebuilding Together serves are disproportionately affected by these issues. Homeownership is at an all time high, especially among low to mid-income Americans, but the costs of owning and maintaining a home are growing exponentially. Healthcare costs are skyrocketing, leaving low-income citizens with less and less disposable income for home repairs and modifications.
Rebuilding Together focuses on the issues of homeownership, the elderly, the disabled, families with children, healthcare, and the rising federal deficit. By identifying the challenges associated with these issues we are well placed to face a problem with full understanding and to create real, sustainable solutions for the low-income homeowners we serve.
What to Expect:
- Cost: Each ABE trip costs $325.
- Travel: The group travels from campus to New Orleans by van. The driving takes two days.
- Lodging: Housing is provided by United Saints Recovery Project.
- Food: All meals will be provided at the work site and at lodging during the week. The group will also get the chance to taste a variety of the delicious New Orleans' cuisine.
- Work: The week is spent helping to rebuild a home in the New Orleans area. Tasks may include painting, building, flooring, tiling, or landscaping. The nature of the work depends on the need at that time.
- Extra Fun: Evenings are free to explore the wonderful and vibrant city of New Orleans!
- Focus: Hurricane relief, home repair, poverty, vulnerable populations, solidarity, community.
Please note: $100 due with acceptance of a position!
Any questions about this trip can be directed to Alternative Break Experiences at firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Points of Interest:
- Physical labor
- Disaster Relief
- Hands on
From Past Participants:
"New Orleans ABE opened my eyes to social justice issues. Power concedes nothing without a demand." - 2013 Participant
"The trip was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I spent my spring break helping others and learning about places I'm not familiar with. I would recommend the New Orleans trip to anyone and everyone!"