NOAHH Dedicates Home in Lower Ninth Ward

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NOAHH honored the completion of the new home for the Jackson family in the Lower Ninth Ward on July 24. NOAHH staff and volunteers joined the family on site, where the family brought refreshments and nearly 150 volunteers arrived to witness this milestone in the family’s journey.

Jamie Jackson is the mother of two young boys, Joseph and Bryan. She chose the Lower Ninth Ward because she was raised there by her mother, who was also raised there. She says she views this as a homecoming, since she will be returning to the neighborhood where three generations of her family lived.

“We’re proud to be able to help a family live somewhere where they have a sense of history and belonging that goes back generations,” said Jim Pate, Executive Director for NOAHH. “It’s a new house for her, but she’s actually returning to her home.”

Jackson has done 350 hours of sweat equity as part of the NOAHH program, including working on her own home and those of other partner families.

“As a parent,” Jackson said, “Having somewhere for my boys to call home, a yard to play in, and a solid neighborhood to be raised in, makes all the hard work and patience worth it.”
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The volunteer groups present had been working on other Habitat homes and in our ReStore. Two of the groups hailed from Cincinnati–Give Back Beyond Cincinnati and Crossroads Church. Both have been volunteering with NOAHH since shortly after Hurricane Katrina, and their dedication has helped make homes like the Jacksons’ possible over and over. Crossroads volunteers and volunteers from the ReStore joined in the ceremony for the presentation of gifts.

In a welcome but surprise show of gratitude, Jackson also presented some gifts of her own. To honor the house leader and AmeriCorps members who worked most closely with her on her new home, she presented small, framed homemade drawings and crafts, done by her children.

The home is sponsored through the Fund for Humanity, which is supported by the payments of other NOAHH homeowners as they repay their mortgages, as part of the Habitat program.