Highlighted Partnership: PNOLA and The United Saints Recovery Project

As we approach the May 1st deadline to get Mr. Lyle out of a FEMA trailer and into his home, PNOLA has reached out to a fellow New Orleans non-profit for additional support. Our friends at the United Saints Recovery Project have been so gracious as to adopt this project into their own busy roster and provide us with much needed skill, time and hands. With their help, PNOLA has made dramatic leaps toward transforming this North Rocheblave house into a home.

(PNOLA Volunteer Leader, Will, gives United Saint's Long term volunteer Annette, a tutorial in drywall cutting while Mitch supervises.)

Following Hurricane Katrina, the United Saint's director Daryl Kiesow had come to New Orleans with the disaster recovery organization, Mission Minnesota, bringing a wealth of roofing knowledge with him. Developing a partnership with the First United Methodist Church in Central City, Kiesow initiated base operations from this First Street headquarters in 2007. Today, the United Saints team continues to recruit strong, dedicated long term volunteers to address the the ongoing city-wide challenges of code enforcement, city imposed fines, property take-overs, blight and exterior security.

(Americorps NCCC member, Alex, secures the T-bars to hold the 12 foot lengths of drywall, as PNOLA Volunteer Leader, Jen sets screws in place.)

This past week, with the help of United Saint's Project Coordinator, Chris Schottland, Site Supervisors, Mitch Madorin and Andy Stone, and a handful of AmeriCorps NCCC members, exterior siding repairs, rough carpentry and termite damage repair, insulation and a large percentage of the drywall has been completed at Mr. Lyle's.

(AmeriCorps NCCC Team Leader, Danielle and Corps Member, Alex set the remainder of the screws in ceiling sheetrock of Mr. Lyle's bedroom)

The partnership between the Phoenix of New Orleans and the United Saints has been a valued one over the past year of reconstruction. We are excited to see our organizations working collaboratively for a common goal and together, making a significant impact within our community. The staff at PNOLA extends a huge thank you to United Saints caring, dedicated volunteers, site supervisors and administrators for their willingness to serve along side us.

To learn more visit: www.unitedsaints.org

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