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Volunteer on the Gulf Coast
Architecture for Humanity is partnering with Hands On Gulf Coast to host volunteers in Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans.You'll get to work one-on-one with residents in helping them design, repair and reconstruct their homes. Accomodation and two meals a day are provided. Participants can come down for as little as a couple of days or as long as several months.

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Laundry Design/Build, Waveland, MS

Location: Waveland, Mississippi
Beneficiaries: Everard Family
Implementing Partners: New York Says Thank You
Design team: Mark Lescher and David Vilkama, University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Kathy Everard lives in Waveland, Mississippi. She uses a walker and is living in a small FEMA trailer with her 17-year-old granddaughter, and all their belongings. Their home was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina. She, like many residents, has been fighting with insurance companies and expects it will be a year to 18 months before they can rebuild.

In February, members of the New York City Fire Department with New York Says Thank You came to Waveland to volunteer their time in an effort to say "thank you" to all those who came to their aid after 9/11. To help alleviate the
Everard's cramped quarters, the firefighters offered to build the family a small wooden storage shed and laundry room.

Architecture for Humanity and students of University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture came to their assistance, designing and building a small facility that includes a refurbished washer/dryer and storage space to be sited next to the family's trailer. The design by graduate students, Mark Lescher and David Vilkama, was selected by Kathy and together with New York Says Thank You, worked to erect the structure over the course of a weekend. The laundry was officially opened on March 11th 2006.

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