Habitat for Humanity kicks off 'Decade of Dedication' to commemorate Katrina and Rita

Original Article on NOLA.com

On Monday, Nov. 16, Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) and Habitat for Humanity St. Tammany West (HFHSTW) kicked off their "Decade of Dedication" event commemorating 10 years since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by raising the walls on four new Habitat homes located on F Street in Covington.

The week long training and service event brought together Disaster Corps and RV Care-A-Vanner Disaster Rebuild Team volunteers from across the nation, highlighting their contribution to recovery in the Gulf, as well as, the accomplishments of HFHSTW and Gulf Coast affiliates active in recovery.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall in late 2005 and became one of the most destructive disasters in United States history. Within weeks, Habitat for Humanity started building houses and rebuilding lives.

Today, Gulf Coast affiliates continue to build houses in hurricane-affected areas as part of Habitat's long-term program. Tens of thousands of volunteers have worked with Habitat to carry out recovery efforts, including building, rehabbing and repairing more than 6,000 houses.