New Orleans — Forty members of the Plumbing, Heating, Cooling Contractors Association participated in a day of service, this October, in conjunction with the PHCC annual convention, CONNECT 2009, here. Through a partnership with Rebuilding
Together New Orleans (RTNO), p-h-c contractors,
spouses and staff helped renovate the exterior of
a mid-city home that was damaged by Hurricane
Katrina. The individuals scraped walls and applied
primer to the 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 New Orleans in a FEMA trailer near
their house until the home was 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 donations, including faucets, toilets, tank-less water heaters and other plumbing fixtures for use in the homes RTNO rebuilds and repairs. Participating companies were Accubid Systems, Barnett Pro Contractor Supplies, Bemis Manufacturing, InSinkErator, Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Noritz and Viega.
RTNO plans to rebuild 200 homes this fiscal year, doubling its completed homes from last year and matching the 200 homes rebuilt in total since Hurricane Katrina. The following individuals and companies participated in the day of service:
Michael Allen, Allen Plumbing & Heating, Somerville, Mass. Alice Ames, Maine PHCC, Portland, Maine
Rob and Lori Basnett, Basnett Plumbing & Heating, Littleton, Mass.