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Tue July 25, 2006
Habitat Building for New Orleans
By Catherine M. Welch
Wilmington, NC – Dozens of volunteers converged onto a Wilmington parking lot to build a home for New Orleans' Musicians Village.
The projected called Home in a Box calls on volunteers to frame out a house in one day and put it into a big rig truck that will ship it to its destination.
The house built in Wilmington is headed to New Orleans' upper 9th Ward.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity Director Jim Pate watched volunteers hammered together frames. He says this kind of project delivers an emotional boost back home.
The spiritual and the emotional uplift is maybe the thing we need most in New Orleans, to know that we are not forgotten. And the people of this great nation and this great city is going to be there for us.
Jazz musicians Harry Connick Jr and Branford and Ellis Marsailis started Musician's Village, where 81 homes will be built along with a community music center.