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11/12/2018 08:00 AM - 11/15/2018 08:00 PM


11/12/2018 08:00 AM - 11/15/2018 08:00 PM

Nuns Build is November 12-15, 2018. Please register for Nun's Build by October 31, 2018.




8:30am - Orientation @ SBP (2645 Toulouse St, New Orleans)

-Donuts & Juice/Coffee to be provided

-Meet SBP client

-Receive T-shirts

-Take a group photo

10am – Volunteer at worksite

12pm – Bag lunch sponsored by Knights of Columbus

3pm – Work day ends


9am – Volunteer at worksite

12pm – Bag lunch sponsored by Knights of Columbus

3pm – Work day ends

Evening on your own. Explore the French Quarter!


9am – Volunteer at worksite

12pm – Lunch on your own

3pm - Work day ends

6pm  - Big EZ Dinner @ Knights of Columbus - Lakeview (6254 Vicksburg St, New Orleans)

Enjoy a delicious dinner cooked by a team of local families as a thank you for the energy you are investing in rebuilding their community. The families will share some of their Hurricane Katrina experiences and then we will host the Nuns Build Award Ceremony.


9am – Volunteer at worksite

12pm - Bag lunch sponsored by Kiwanis Club

2:30 pm - Work day ends

3pm - Welcome Home Party

Who will you help?
  • The Reese Family & SBP's Opportunity Housing Program: When you volunteer you could be helping to build new homes on abandoned and blighted properties to serve as affordable housing for first time home buyers and renters such as the Reese family. Mr & Mrs Reese, both native New Orleanians, were displaced for many years as teenagers post-Katrina. In March of 2018 they became first time home buyers through SBP's Opportunity Housing program and were able to provide a safe, stable home for their three small children in the city where their roots and family run deep. So many New Orleanians like the Reese's find themselves struggling to afford safe, stable housing for their families. Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, one of its largest remaining impacts is the affordable housing crisis left in its wake. The simple fact is that the population of New Orleans is finally returning to its pre-Katrina size, but the same cannot be said for the affordable housing stock. Without options such as SBP's Opportunity Housing Program so many New Orleans families like the Reese's are left behind in the face of rising rents and new developments. Thanks to volunteers like you, SBP is proud to be part of the Reese's road home.

  • 2017 New Orleans East Tornado On February 7, 2017 New Orleans East was hit by a major tornado that damaged over 800 homes and destroyed over 300. When you volunteer, you could be helping to rebuild for a tornado impacted family such as the Dorseys. The Dorseys were one of the first families in the neighborhood to return after Hurricane Katrina. They are proud to raise they family in New Orleans East and were ready to rebuild for a second time. However, due to an addition they built on the property, they were dropped by their insurance. Thanks to volunteers like you SBP was able to welcome the Dorseys home last year. SBP is currently helping many tornado impacted families in New Orleans East rebuild.

  • Hurricanes Katrina, Isaac and other storms. Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina there are still many families living in partially repaired homes or unable to return at all. For these folks, whose stories are layered with challenge after challenge, help may seem long gone. Ms. Lucas, a great grandmother and New Orleans native whose home was destroyed in Katrina, was forced to evacuate to Houston for four years after the storm. Before returning to rebuild she lost her husband, mother and daughter-in-law. During her rebuilding process she then experienced contractor fraud. She moved back into a home that was never fully completed and took on the projects that she could over the years. Time and other storms have continued to take their tole on the home, while health complications have severely limited her mobility. With the help of volunteers like you SBP will repair the floors and other smaller projects to return the home to a safe place for her to live in comfortably and share with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Find out more about our New Orleans programs here.

What will you do?

  • No construction experience necessary. Volunteers help with many different phases of construction such as mucking & gutting, demolition, insulation, mold remediation, drywall, mudding or spackling, priming, painting, flooring, trim, doors and final punch. All training, safety instruction/gear and supervision provided.

Where will you volunteer?

  • SBP New Orleans is typically building or rebuilding anywhere from 5-15 homes at a time in the Greater New Orleans area. Depending on the phase of construction and the size of the home, each active site could take between 5-20 volunteers at a time (the average is 10-15).

Who can volunteer?

  • Ages 13 and under: Not allowed to volunteer

  • Ages 14-15: Parent/guardian must be present on site with minor & a parent/guardian must sign the waiver at the bottom of this registration.

  • Ages 16-17: Chaperone over the age of 18 must be onsite with the minor & parent/guardian must sign the waiver at the bottom of this registration.

  • Ages 18+: No restrictions

What to expect onsite?

  • Please bring your own refillable water bottle to refill from the water coolers onsite.

  • NO open-toed or open-heeled shoes. No TOMS™ or similar cloth-like shoes. Wear shoes that are sturdy and appropriate for construction work such as sneakers or boots. Wear clothes that are appropriate for a construction site.

  • SBP team members will be there to guide, train and supervisor you.


If you have not already secured your accommodations, here is as a list of a few known volunteer housing options in New Orleans.  Please reach out to the contact information listed for more information on availability and accommodations. This is not an exhaustive list of volunteer housing option in the Greater New Orleans area, but rather just a few places that we know volunteers have stayed in the past.

Camp Hope


1914 Aycock Street, Arabi


Molly's House - Trinity Episcopal Church


2123 Coliseum Street, New Orleans (Lower Garden District)


Mustard Seed Ministries


3313 Marietta Street, Chalmette


St. Jude Community Center


411 N. Rampart, New Orleans