| Dear Friend,|
Five years ago this weekend, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall and, combined, became one of the most destructive disasters in U.S. history, ravaging the Gulf Coast and forever changing the lives of thousands of American families.
Together with our partner-families, we are reflecting on the recovery efforts that have marked a critical chapter in our nation’s history—and in the history of Habitat for Humanity.
A presence throughout the Gulf Coast states for nearly 30 years, Habitat responded to this disaster quickly and pledged to stay for the long haul. And we are still there today.
In the first few weeks after the hurricanes, Habitat affiliates and volunteers across the country began building house frames to be delivered to the Gulf. Within six weeks, on-site construction began on the first Habitat hurricane-response house.
Since then, Habitat affiliates and their partners have built, rehabbed or repaired more than 2,200 houses in the hardest hit areas of Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Texas.
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita were a challenging natural disaster that exacerbated what was already an affordable housing crisis in all of these communities. Our mission to help families break free of poverty housing and build a brighter future for themselves proved resolute—in spite of the challenging conditions that pushed all of us to new limits.
And while there is still so much more to do, we’d like to share with you some of the recovery stories along the Gulf Coast and across the U.S. and the world that—thanks to supporters like you—many families have been able to create.
Please take a moment to meet just a few of the families and communities we’ve partnered with and hear their stories through a powerful collection of slide shows, video footage and personal stories.
Our response work in the five-year wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita has affirmed the importance of partnership—that when we work together, we can make a lasting difference hand-in-hand with families in urgent need of safe, decent housing.
Thank you for your generous support.
Chief Executive Officer
Habitat for Humanity International