Catholic Charities of New Orleans
Crescent House offers empowerment counseling, a 24-hour crisis line, comprehensive case management services, and intervention services for children including music, art, and play therapy to break the cycle of abuse. All services at Crescent House are free of charge.
Operation Helping Hands
Operation Helping Hands, a program of Catholic Charities since 2005, brings together volunteers to paint and rebuild homes for elderly and disabled in the wake of hurricanes. The program is reactivated based on disaster recovery needs after a major storm.
The Scope of Work
Hurricane Katrina - Operation Helping Hands is privileged to have welcomed 29,730 volunteers to New Orleans from 2005-2012. The volunteers came from across the U.S. and sometimes from across the globe to give 850,184 hours of time to rebuild Katrina-damaged homes of elderly and disabled New Orleanians. In sum, the volunteers gutted 1,983 homes, rebuilt 211 homes and painted 413 homes.
Hurricane Isaac - In the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac, Operation Helping Hands helped homeowners in Plaquemines and St. John the Baptist Parishes who were affected by this devastating storm. In partnership with Cornerstone Builders and Community Staffing Services (CSS), OHH completed 78 relief projects. Several volunteer groups assisted in both locations. The work of OHH and its partners included everything from gutting and cleaning out household items to hanging drywall and finishing it, as well as doing home rebuild assessments to help the long term recovery group.