Fourteen years after Hurricane Katrina wrecked havoc, efforts continue to rebuild homes damaged by the storm and flooding.

Located in New Orleans, the House of Charity coordinates volunteer groups to come to the city to assist persons who are poor with rebuilding. Volunteers do actual labor with site crews. The House of Charity is a shared collaborative initiative of member communities of the Charity Federation. Another of its goals is to offer opportunities for vocational discernment and volunteer service, especially to young adults.

Annually, the House of Charity hosts Nuns Build, inviting religious communities and those affiliated with them to come to New Orleans to volunteer their time and talents. This year, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth (SCLs) have seven volunteers participating: Sisters Margaret Finch and Lin Sayatovic; SCL Associates Lisa Cherry, Denise Kagie, Susan Nyp and Megan Trout; and John Shively, coordinator of the SCL Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. Helping coordinate efforts are Sisters Peg Johnson and Vicki Lichtenauer, SCLs, who are on the core team at the House of Charity.   

In photo above, Sister Margaret Finch learns to use the miter saw. DJ, AmeriCorps site leader, looks on.