St. Bernard Project (SBP) is an award-winning rebuilding, nonprofit organization whose mission is to remove physical, mental and emotional barriers for those who are struggling to recover from the devastation and trauma caused by natural disasters. With clients throughout the Greater New Orleans area and in Sandy Impacted communities, SBP reaches areas most in need through several programs.
To achieve its goals, SBP uses an “Under One Roof” model to operate four direct-service programs: Rebuilding Program; Opportunity Housing; Veterans Initiatives; and Disaster Resilience & Recovery Lab. We offer case management, construction services, funding for our clients, and volunteer recruitment and in-house management. By offering all of the necessary services to rebuild our clients’ homes, SBP hopes to restore the hard-working, family-oriented communities in New Orleans, St. Bernard, and on the East Coast to a level of vibrancy and self-sufficiency so that they can participate in a prolonged recovery and rebirth.
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In 12 weeks of supervised volunteer labor and approximately $25,000 in building materials, SBP can rebuild a home for a low to moderate income family home whose home was flooded and rendered uninhabitable. We have currently rebuilt more than 550 homes in the Greater New Orleans and Saint Bernard Parish areas, along with 100 in the Superstorm Sandy impacted areas. The work is not close to complete and our waiting lists keep growing.
SBP’s Opportunity Housing Program builds/rebuilds blighted properties in the Greater New Orleans area and puts them back into commerce as affordable for-sale and rental housing. By utilizing volunteers and Good Work Good Pay employees, SBP both makes these properties livable and revitalizes communities at a cost significantly below the market rate.
SBP’s Good Work, Good Pay Program hires, trains and pays fair wages to veterans and other unemployed residents, primarily as electricians, plumbers and carpenters. Good Work Good Pay creates living wage jobs in residential construction while tackling the region’s significant blight problem.
In addition, SBP’s Veterans Corps program creates opportunities for veterans to continue to serve their community through SBP’s extensive AmeriCorps program.
Disaster Resilience & Recovery Lab
SBP’s mission is to ensure that disaster-impacted citizens and communities prepare for, and recover from, disasters in a prompt, efficient and predictable manner. Through Disaster Resilience and Recovery Lab (DRRL), SBP works to share lessons learned, prevent common barriers to recovery and help communities utilize SBP’s standardized, repeatable and proven-effective model.