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Nuns Build

  1. 1. Nuns Build!<br />October 5-9, 2009<br />New Orleans<br />
  2. 2. Before Katrina in St. Bernard Parish<br /> Population of 67,000<br /> 27,000 homes<br /> 4% Unemployment rate<br /> Home ownership rate was greater than 70%<br /> Median family income was merely $36,000<br /> Senior citizens comprised 50% of the<br />population<br /> Residents worked as fishermen, in the trades,<br />and at oil refineries<br />St. Bernard Project<br />
  3. 3. After Katrina<br /> 100% of the homes in St. Bernard Parish were<br />rendered uninhabitable<br /> St. Bernard had standing water of 4 to 20 feet<br />for up to four weeks<br /> Homes, clothes, furniture, pictures, keepsakes,<br />cars and tools were destroyed<br /> Only one-third of residents have returned<br />home, with the vast majority still living in<br />FEMA trailers or attics that were above the<br />waterline<br />St. Bernard Project<br />
  4. 4. 18 Congregations<br />75-80 Sisters <br />58 Dominicans<br />10-12 Friends and Family<br />13 Airport Drivers and Greeters<br />10 Housing Sites<br />Nuns Build<br />
  5. 5. “Nuns Build. We build hope, we build love, we build peace, we build community. Let us pray for one another knowing that we are sent by Jesus to continue to build a just, peaceful and truthful world.” Sr. Mary Keefe<br />Nuns Build<br />
  6. 6. On our way…<br />
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  9. 9. 1936 Benjamin Street<br />
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  17. 17. A Dominican Blessing<br />
  18. 18. Profound Gratitude<br />

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