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"Young People Restore Hope Lost During Hurricane Katrina at Camp RHINO"

By: Sheba Turk at WWLTV

Aired: August 29 2013

"I love helping the people and meeting the people that we help, itís fun, I think its better than sitting at home playing a video game.ĒThatís why 14 year old Ashley Morgan spent her summer vacation with Camp RHINO. The camp is the youth mission portion of the Saint Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, which created a RHINO Ministry, after Hurricane Katrina, to help the city and itís teens recover. The idea is that teens from ages 12-18 spend a week hard at work. Click here to see the video aired on WWLTV.

"RHINO and NOAHH Celebrate Eight Years of Partnership... and Counting"

  By: Billy Wells

Having volunteered before, Avery Strada, the current program director with RHINO, had some connection to the city before she moved here with her husband in 2009. Without finding jobs first, they came to the city because they knew they had to be a part of the rebuilding efforts. In a short time, with her experience with volunteering and working with youth ministries, Strada was able to take her energy and passion for New Orleans and become part of the communal response to the disasters of 2005.  

That same communal response, that of thousands of volunteers from around the country (and the world), was the rare silver lining in the narrative of the storm's aftermath, and it inspired one of NOAHH's most enduring post-Katrina relationships: Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans (RHINO) began in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures as part of the commitment St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC) had for the city. Read the full story here.

"Habitat builds home with help from the Saints"

  By: Kari Dequine Harden 

Published: February 1, 2013

NEW ORLEANS ó Four New Orleans Saints players joined Gloria Smith on Thursday morning to raise the front wall on her new Central City home, also adding their autographs to the framework.

In addition to the labor power of volunteers, the house is being provided to Smith at a low cost through Habitat for Humanity and a partnership with M&Mís.

Smith, who lost everything when her Hollygrove home flooded with 4 feet of water after Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent levee failures, will move into the house upon completion in May. Read the full article.

"Rebuilding Hope offers timely lesson in giving"

 By Nola Vie

Published: December 19, 2011


This holiday week is all about giving -- but giving, as UNO film student Ivonne Kubitza has discovered, is often more tangible when the gifts are intangible.

 In "Rebuilding Hope," Kubitza interviews director Avery Strada and volunteers at the St. Charles Ave Presbyterian Church's RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans) program.

Read the full article and watch the video here.


"RHINO garners national award"

newsBy Bruce Nolan

Published: Saturday, August 07, 2010

St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church's Hurricane Katrina rebuilding program, which has hosted more than 4,000 volunteers to gut, repair or build scores of homes around New Orleans, has been cited by its national denomination, the Presbyterian Church USA.

The church's Project RHINO, for Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, was among six national ministries singled out for excellence at the denomination's General Assembly in Minneapolis. Read the full article.

"A party amid lingering pain"

newsBy Eric Fredrick

Published: Sunday, Febuary 07, 2010

NEW ORLEANS -- As the Saints get ready today for America's biggest party and the world focuses on Haiti, it's easy to forget that New Orleans is only four and a half years removed from the greatest natural disaster in U.S. history.

But this city, while healing, still hurts.

In areas east of downtown, it's still difficult to avoid the X that is painted on many houses. The mark was left by the first humans who entered those homes after Hurricane Katrina and who recorded a few cold facts with a can of spray paint - including how many people had died inside. Read the full article.

"New homes rebuild hope for two families in N.O."

newsBy Darren Simon

Published: Monday, March 31, 2008


Carolyn Horne cried when she walked into her new three-bedroom, two-bath, camelback-style home. In another camelback next door, Jenika Sly took a deep breath and smiled.

The two neighbors on Ferry Place, a one-way street in the Leonidas/West Carrollton neighborhood, took another step toward homeownership during a dedication ceremony Sunday. New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans, an outreach ministry of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church and its partners, welcomed the families into their new homes. The two camelback homes are part of a larger plan to build 14 houses on Ferry Place. Read the full article.