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CH2M HILL Harambee Network's Fundraiser:

CH2M HILL Harambee Network Summit Community Investment Project New Orleans

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BENEFITING: The St Bernard Project Inc

EVENT DATE: Jun 18, 2013

CH2M HILL Harambee Network

THE STORY:

Help the CH2M HILL Harambee Network and St. Bernard Project bring John and Vanessa's Family Home!

Before Hurricane Katrina devastated their home, John and Vanessa lived happily with their daughter Ebony and her two children on DeSaix Street in New Orleans. Vanessa ran a beauty salon and a day care out of the home to support the family; John had survived a heart attack and was on disability, unable to work. Ebony lived with her parents because she suffered from sickle cell anemia; John and Vanessa helped raise their grandchildren. The house was full of love and often overflowed with members of their five hundred-strong family that was spread throughout New Orleans.

When Hurricane Katrina hit, the family evacuated to John’s son’s home in Texas. They stayed there for several months until FEMA money allowed them to rent a nearby property. They returned to New Orleans as soon as they were allowed to do so. “We lost everything. I cried. Couldn’t save nothing at all, it was devastating.” So began a several years-long process of utilizing Road Home Funds to rebuild, while living between Texas and a FEMA trailer on their property in New Orleans. Unfortunately, due to the presence of formaldehyde in the trailer, both Ebony and Vanessa got sick and could no longer live in it – they had to return to Texas. Sadly, Ebony passed away in 2009 from complications due to her sickle cell anemia; John and Vanessa now raise their grandchildren on their own.

In 2012, John, Vanessa and their grandchildren returned to New Orleans to be closer to the rest of their family. Mounting medical bills (Vanessa has been progressively losing her vision in the years since the storm) and the scope of the rebuilding process eventually consumed all their resources. They cannot afford to rebuild on their own. More than anything, Vanessa says she looks forward to preparing family feasts on Sunday so she can again feed her beloved family in her very own home. Vanessa dreams of “walking into my house when it is finished, on my own, and seeing how beautiful it looks. But even if I can’t see it I’ll be glad to be home.”

 

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To This Fundraiser

$6,020

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Daveitta Jenkins

    $200

  • Strauder Patton

    $100

  • Courtney Brown

    $100

  • Katus Watson

    $150

  • Anonymous

    $80

  • Elisa Speranza

    $100

  • Yvette Janniere-Houlder

    $30

  • Rod White

    $100

  • Willie Franklin

    $30

  • Britt Howard

    $100

  • Crispin Ng'oma, Jr

    $100

  • Kia Alexander

    $40

  • Jannet Walker

    $100

  • Yvonne Clark

    $30

  • Lister Carbon

    $100

  • Angela Roberts

    $50

  • Carolyn Salters

    $45

  • Ngozi Ibe

    $100

  • Quen Foster-Patterson

    $100

  • Wanda Oliver

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Brian D. Johnson

    $100

  • Marc Alsalihi

    $30

  • Michael Thomas

    $100

  • Carl & Jamiyo Mack

    $1,000

  • Yvette Gause

    $100

  • Kenneth Stevens

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Donald A. Shipley

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Denise Boone

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $75

  • Wayne Alleyne

    $40

  • Herb Washington

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $45

  • Rhonda Hunt-Burnham

    $100

  • Fisher Family

    $20

  • Joshua Joseph

    $100

  • Ron Williams

    $100

  • Sheila Edwards

    $100

  • Alicia Harris

    $25

  • Denise Wike-Lewis

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Michael E McKelvy

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Terry A. Ruhl

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

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  • Sal Mensah

    $50

  • Jada Michelle Parker

    $100

  • Maia Watkins

    $100

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60% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $6,020 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

CH2M HILL Harambee Network

Amount Raised

$5,220

 

52% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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Michael E McKelvy

Amount Raised

$500

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Courtney Brown

Amount Raised

$100

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Lister Carbon

Amount Raised

$100

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Herb Washington

Amount Raised

$100

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Michael Thomas

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Maia Watkins

Maia Watkins

DONATION: $100

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Jada Michelle Parker

Jada Michelle Parker

DONATION: $100

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Sal Mensah

Sal Mensah

DONATION: $50

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DONATION: $100

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Terry A. Ruhl

Terry A. Ruhl

DONATION: $500

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Anonymous

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DONATION: $100

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Michael E McKelvy

Michael E McKelvy

DONATION: $500

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DONATION: $25

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