New Orleans’ adopted resident Brad Pitt is in town, hosting a star-studded gala this weekend to benefit the Make it Right housing development taking shape in the Lower Ninth Ward. He took a few minutes this afternoon to speak with WWNO reporter Eileen Fleming in one Make it Right house almost ready for occupancy.
The St. Bernard Project is announcing a $100,000 grant from Toyota to continue building and rebuilding homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. The non-profit is even more grateful for training it received from the car manufacturer.
On the water, commercial fishermen are accustomed to being self sufficient and independent. But the nonprofit Coastal Communities Consulting helps build the sustainability of these businesses dockside, in the world of loans, taxes, tuition and ever-changing seafood prices.
A proposal to cut mental services at the Interim LSU hospital system in New Orleans has officials scrambling to find space to treat the mentally ill. Officials say the cuts are not only a health issue, but also a matter of public safety.
In 2009, St. Bernard Parish resident Elizabeth Richardson was the victim of extreme violence. She feels blessed to be alive, though she still grieves for her daughter, India Mahoney, who did not survive.
“He came in at 5:30 in the morning and he shot me in the face three times and my 18-year-old daughter was killed that morning, point blank,” Richardson says. “And then this man left the house and locked the door and ran off like nothing happened.”
Giselle Nakhid leads a community dance class early one evening at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans. The class is called Sistas Making a Change, and as the name suggests, the ladies who participate in this free, weekly gathering get more than a few dance moves. They hear from experts on health topics, they share a healthy meal and they bask in a sense of togetherness.