Denominations To Rebuild Homes In Neglected Little Woods

April 09, 2009

NEW ORLEANS (CWS) - One of the still-neglected tragedies of Hurricane Katrina, the historic lakefront community of Little Woods in New Orleans' Ninth Ward, will get a rebuilding boost starting in April, thanks to a first-of-its-kind network of national volunteers spearheaded by humanitarian agency Church World Service.

With a one-neighborhood-at-a-time focus, the "Neighborhood: New Orleans" project will repair or rebuild an initial 12 homes on property owned by current or displaced Little Woods residents from April 19-May 16. More than 500 volunteers representing 10 different Christian denominations from across the United States, including The United Methodist Church, through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, have signed up so far to help rebuild the one-time bustling "fishing camp" lakefront community.

It is hoped that this initial rebuilding project will be the spark that brings the lake community back together, and ignites other groups to help continue with Little Woods' recovery.

Church World Service has established a specific website for the project at
www.neighborhoodneworleans.net.