Forty members of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association helped repair and renovate a home in New Orleans as a part of their “day of service.”
The Oct. 24 event was held in conjunction with the PHCC annual convention in New Orleans.
Through a partnership with Rebuilding Together New Orleans, the PHCC contractors, spouses and staff helped renovate the exterior of a home that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The individuals scraped walls and applied primer to the shotgun-style house owned by Patricia and Leonard Johnson, who had lived in the home for 20 years until August 2005. During the flooding, the Johnsons were rescued and transported to Houston and eventually moved to Georgia for a year. They returned to live in a government-supplied trailer near their house until the structure was again habitable.
“Although PHCC has partnered with Rebuilding Together for the last few years, particularly through our state and local chapters across the country, this was the first time we approached a project on a national level,” said Ike Casey, PHCC executive vice president. “We enjoyed being part of such a worthwhile effort, and were very pleased to see how much the homeowners appreciated the assistance.”
In addition to the day of service, PHCC recruited companies to contribute more than $10,000 of in-kind donations including faucets, toilets, tank-less water heaters and other plumbing fixtures for use in the home. Participating companies were Accubid Systems, Barnett Pro Contractor Supplies, Bemis Manufacturing, InSinkErator, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Noritz and Viega.
Rebuilding Together New Orleans plans to reconstruct 200 homes this fiscal year, doubling their completed homes from last year and matching the 200 homes rebuilt in total since Hurricane Katrina.