St. Bernard Project operates four direct service programs. Owner Occupied Rebuilding rehabilitates disaster devastated properties. The Center for Wellness and Mental Health provides free, licensed mental health services to uninsured residents. Good Work Good Pay creates well-paying jobs in the skilled construction trades for local unemployed persons, fishermen, and returned war veterans. Opportunity Housing affordably builds affordable housing by rehabilitating blighted and vacant lots thus creating permanent housing opportunities for New Orleanians.
With its innovative, vertically integrated construction model, SBP is poised to serve as a model for disaster rebuilding and affordable housing. With clients throughout the Greater New Orleans Area, SBP reaches the communities most in need.
Our mission and vision coincide with many of Tzedakah’s values. We prioritize residents who are elderly, disabled, or have young children and all of our clients are financially unable to procure the services we provide for free. Thus we work to serve the poor, respect our community’s elders, strive to achieve social justice, and promote respect for the dignity of all people by bringing volunteers together from across the world to work for a common cause.
SBP can to rebuild more high-quality houses faster by leveraging local and international skills and dedication to community service. Many other disaster recovery organizations have shut their doors in the past few years; local funding has dried up because even our own government believe the recovery is over when in fact 10,000 home-owning families do not have the resources to rebuild. By employing our cost saving methods, SBP is ensuring the sustainability of its services to the community and those who need our help the most.
Cynthia says,“I’m back with my family, my neighbors, my church…I’m very very grateful… I want to thank everyone.”
There are plenty of other ways you can raise awareness too: through social media, telling your friends, and encouraging people to visit and volunteer with SBP in New Orleans. You can “like” us on Facebook, blog about us, and retweet us. With your enthusiasm there is no limit to the possibilities. Feel free to contact us for materials and ideas at [email protected]
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