A Week of Rebuilding in New Orleans

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by Walter Schmudlach

The last week of July, 2012 – what a week! Our teams began with lots of excitement and energy, and got a whole lot of great work done!

Stain-Stain-Rub-Rub. After a heavy round of sanding, we’re now in the process of restoring a beautiful-looking hardwood floor!

Lower Ninth Ward

A fun day – filling a dumpster with all of the debris from restoring this home.

New Orleans East

Our teams textured, primed, painted, and now are laying ceramic tile. Previous groups purchased and installed a new roof, double doors, insulation, sheet rock, and taped and mudded.
Thanks to all the volunteers who used their donations and labor to help this fine family return home!
This is the home of a four-generation family.
Over the last two years, volunteers have restored this double shotgun house, replacing termite damage, putting on a new roof, dry walling, painting and tiling.

Great-great-great- grand mother is said to be 107 yrs old. Her goal is to live in her home before she dies. Earlier this year, her great-great-great granddaughter, who guides the repairs, went to the kitchen to get a drink of water. Upon returning, she found her husband, who had suddenly passed away.

This family has been paying for some of the repairs, and things remain very tight. Despite this, they’re hopeful to be able to move in soon! The only thing holding them from reaching the goal is money to purchase kitchen cabinets, doors, and floor trim. Perhaps YOU could bring the group that brings them all the way home!


Three young people with their leader had fun and learned more skills building a storage shed at Trinity-Claiborne.
Another project to be repaired, among the more-than 300 requests for help we have pending. Come on down, we have plenty of work to do!

What a wonderful week. We are still excited but tired. Thankful for serving, for learning new things, and helping people get back in their homes!

-Walter Schmudlach

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