New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) June 23, 2013
On Thursday, June 20, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) dedicated a new home in New Orleans East for the Duplessis family.
Sierra Duplessis grew up in New Orleans East and works as a manager at Burger King. She says she wanted to be a homeowner in order to have a permanent home for her 7 month old son, Ramon.
"Habitat is one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I encourage everyone to give them a chance to make a difference in you and your families lives. They're making the world a better place," said Duplessis. "I never would've thought I would be here right now, owning my own home. But here I am, and standing strong."
NOAHH has built over 60 homes in New Orleans East, and the Duplessis home sits just across the street from another Habitat house. Duplessis said she wanted to be a part of the community NOAHH has helped build in the area.
“I grew up in this area,” Duplessis said. “I wanted my home on the Habitat block.”
The home dedication is the culmination of months of hard work for the partner families, who have put in 350 hours of “sweat equity” in lieu of a down payment on the home. Homeowners receive traditional, symbolic gifts of bread, wine, tools, flowers, a Bible, and keys during the ceremony, which was lead by Anna Danese, NOAHH's director of family services.
The home is made possible through the Fund for Humanity, a fund created by the mortgages on other NOAHH homes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program.
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities, and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since its inception in 1983 NOAHH has built 497 new homes for low-income families in need of adequate shelter. NOAHH plans to continue to build homes in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemines Parishes. http://www.habitat-nola.org