Katrina Relief Efforts

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Third Church has been dedicated to help rebuild that city, and bring its residents home. We have sent groups as large as fifteen and as small as seven.

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  • FAQ
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  • Photos
  • Coming Trip(s)

About Katrina Relief Efforts at Third Church

Since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Third Church has been dedicated to helping rebuild that city, and bring its residents home. We have sent groups as large as fifteen and as small as seven, and have enjoyed the hospitality of several church facilities and the bunk rooms in bayou country community halls while working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Southern Mutual Help, Habitat for Humanity of New Orleans, and Project Homecoming.

Our first projects focused on debris removal and preparing homes for renovation. Over the next years, we framed rooms, shored up foundations, hung and mudded drywall, painted, landscaped, and roofed over a dozen homes. During this time, we learned many skills and established continuing relationships with the owners of these houses - which has proven personally and spiritually very rewarding to the 60+ people who traveled with us - many for several trips. Some of the homes, which we helped bring owners back to, have appeared on national television during the Super Bowl.

Despite over 7 years of public and private work and donations of time and money, thirty thousand once inhabited homes, remain to be rehabilitated before their owners are able to return home to New Orleans. These delays have been mostly due to insurance company delays and unscrupulous contractors taking advantage of mostly poor, sick, and elderly home owners.

We continue to do our work through two planned trips each year - one in the Spring, and one in the Fall. We hope that you will consider joining us.

How to Support Katrina Relief Efforts

Joining us for a Spring or Fall week working in New Orleans is only one of the ways you can help. We always need financial support (send contributions to the church to Carol Foster, 4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607). This can be in the form of checks (memo to Katrina Relief), or credit card style gift cards with which we can purchase food for the volunteers or help with the unexpected needs of the home owners.

If you have any questions or good ideas that might help our work, please contact:

Rod Taylor
rtaylo12@rochester.rr.com

Nancy Watson
Nancy_Watson@URMC.Rochester.edu
(585)442-0145

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
lsparks@thirdpresbyterian.org

Katrina Relief Effort - FAQ

How can I help?

Anyone can help, whether you have construction skills or not. Those skills you can learn, easily. Much of our success is on a person to person level, helping returning residents with their struggle to return “home”, secure work, or access medical assistance.

When do we go?

We try to sponsor two trips each year.

What might it cost?

Each volunteer pays for their transportation down and back as well as for the fees for lodging, food, and fees to the organization we are working with. Third Church pays for the transportation - vans and cars and gas - that we use while we are in NOLA.

How else can I help?

We always appreciate contributions to help our work including credit card based gift cards that help us with the cost of food. We also can use money for specific projects such as for landscaping or appliances for the people we are helping.

Katrina Relief Efforts - Contact Information

If you are interested in supporting our Katrina Relief Efforts, please contact one of the following people:

Rod Taylor
rtaylo12@rochester.rr.com
(585)271-1436

Nancy Watson
Nancy_Watson@URMC.Rochester.edu
(585)442-0145

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106
lsparks@thirdpresbyterian.org

Photos of trips to New Orleans

(Click a trip name to see photos --- this page is still under construction)

K-3 Trip - Spring 2007 - photos by George Cheadle.

Coming Trips

October 2015

Displaced families are still waiting to return to their damaged homes. The need is great. About 30,000 blighted homes remain. Volunteers are providing the labor to get families back in their homes.

This October, two trips  will continue the work of our volunteers helping to rebuild homes devastated by Katrina and bring waiting families home:

  • *Trip 1: Sat October 17 - Sun 25
    (Eleven rebuilders going so far)
  • *Trip 2: Sat Oct 24 - Sun Nov 1
    (Nine rebuilders going so far)

If you would like to be a part of this effort, contact
Sally Altobello at RH2NO
(“Rochester Help To Rebuild New Orleans”)
rh2nola@gmail.com
or
call 544-042 or 698-5886.

If you are interested, contact:
Rod Taylor
rtaylo12@rochester.rr.com
(585)271-1436
or
Nancy Watson
Nancy_Watson@URMC.Rochester.edu
(585)442-0145