Rewarding work helping homeowners in New Orleans…5 years later

Phile Chiles at REALTOR®-Habitat Build, New OrleansWow! What an experience. Thirty-one REALTORS®  from all over Illinois including all of our IAR leadership team spent a whole day last week working on a Habitat for Humanity home on America Street in East New Orleans. Along with a dozen more REALTORS® from Austin, Texas, we put cement board siding on three sides of the house, worked on the front porch and prepared the inside of the house for drywall.

It was a very rewarding experience for us and very beneficial to Habitat. The full-time Habitat leaders said we saved them four days of normal progress.

While the project was very rewarding, most of us found it a little depressing that there were still many homes in that area which are boarded up and unoccupied. It has been five years now since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and life is a long way from being back to normal for many of these people. There is still a tremendous amount of work to be done.

Being able to be involved in projects like this one makes me proud to be a REALTOR®, and especially proud to be part of the REALTOR® team from Illinois. I’m told we had the largest team of any state.

My thanks to everyone who participated and to the leadership team of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® for your concern for people and your willingness to make it all happen.

REALTOR®-Habitat for Humanity New Orleans 2010 - Photo Slide Show

3 thoughts on “Rewarding work helping homeowners in New Orleans…5 years later

  1. Hello, I have only been in this industry for a couple of months, and in that time it is great to see how often everyone is willing to donate there time to help others. I went to new orleans to deliver a trailer about two weeks after katrina had done its damage. It was very hard to see how much everyone had lost at that time, and I think it is even worse to see that there is still that much work needing done.
    If you are planning another trip would you please let me know I would be very interested in going along. maybe even for five days or a week. Winter time is coming soon in our area sales will be slowing down. It might be a good reason to get a large group from the chicago area to head down and help out.

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