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My Service with LowerNine

My service project was to help the people of New Orleans through a program called Alternative Breaks. Instead of going on a "typical" college spring break, students go into different communities and provide different kinds of service. The organization we

Alex Porte

on 20 April 2010

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Transcript of My Service with LowerNine

Photos! My Service in New Orleans I completed 40 hours of service with an organization called LowerNine. It is a relief organization in New Orleans who work excusively with the hardest-hit part of the city: the
Lower Ninth Ward. They primarily help people who are unable, for some reason or another, to rebuild their homes. Facts
The Lower Ninth Ward, before Katrina, had the highest percentage of black home ownership in the nation. Now, less than 18% of residents have returned to their homes since Katrina hit in 2005.
LowerNine has rebuilt over 100 homes since 2007, when it was founded. They do that at an average cost of less than $10,000 to the resident.
Intersections with Class Deborah was the resident of the house that we worked on for the week. She got remarried after her husband died in Katrina. When I asked her about why she got remarried, she said that there wasn't a way to come back to New Orleans without being married because she didn't have a job or a place to live. Her current husband gave all of that to her. I also asked her about how many women have come back to New Orleans since Katrina. She said more women had come back then men, by her estimation about 2 to 1. She thought it was because women were more emotionally invested in the household then men were, and wanted to see their homes restored. I also spoke with the Director of Development at LowerNine. She said that LowerNine helps, on average, more women residents than men. When I asked why that was, she simply said it was because there were more of them, and they were less likely to possess the skills to do the work themselves. She also said that some of the women in New Orleans took great pride in their homes before Katrina, and they wanted to restore them back to their former glory, whatever the cost.
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