Sponsored Series: In New Orleans, the St. Bernard Project is Proving There's No Place Like Home Sponsored Series: In New Orleans, the St. Bernard Project is Proving There's No Place Like Home
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Sponsored Series: In New Orleans, the St. Bernard Project is Proving There's No Place Like Home

by Fiona Lee

January 21, 2012


GOOD and Toyota, co-sponsors of the People Are Awesome series, bring you additional stories about individuals and organizations that are making a positive impact in our world.

As a result of this collaboration, SBP significantly improved efficiency, cutting the amount of time volunteers spend building houses to 6 weeks in some cases, a 50 percent reduction. Across the board, overall construction decreased by 30 percent and with Toyota's help, they reduced the time and resources needed for repairing work. Every minute saved helps families get back into their homes more quickly and helps the organization move on to the next person in need. One of those people was Me'shelle Williams, who told Rosenburg, "Katrina took my childhood away. By rebuilding my home, [SBP has] given back my childhood.” She moved back into her home a full five years after Katrina.

So far, the SBP has mobilized 36,000 dedicated volunteers and built more than 400 homes for residents of New Orleans. Their work won’t end when they build the last house for Katrina survivors, however. Rosenburg sees a future where they will take their knowledge learned from both their collaboration with Toyota and their on the ground experience rebuilding homes to develop a model for future disaster recovery teams, both in the United States and abroad.

Currently, SBP has a waiting list of 130 families hoping to rebuild their homes, with more applying every week. Click here to learn more about Toyota's collaboration with SBP. And  learn more about how you can help SBP and families rebuilding their homes in New Orleans, click here.

Photo 1 via Flickr user St. Bernard Project

Photos 2 and 3 via Toyota in Action

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Sponsored Series: In New Orleans, the St. Bernard Project is Proving There's No Place Like Home