On Saturday, May 20th, OLOM volunteers participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Catholic Build. In conjunction with other churches in the Baton Rouge Diocese (MBS, St. Thomas More, St. Jean Vianney, St. George, St. Aloysius, St. Alphonsus, and St. Patrick), OLOM assisted Ms. Karen Williams in building her forever home.
Williams was severely impacted by the devastating 2005 storm, Hurricane Katrina while living in the 9th ward of New Orleans, losing everything in her Carrollton home. Karen and her two children evacuated to Texas before settling in Baton Rouge. When she learned of the Habitat affiliate in Baton Rouge, she decided to apply. According to Williams, “As a single parent, it’s hard to buy a house the traditional way because the costs are so high. I’d been renting a house for seven years. I realized I could have already been paying off a home! Something that was mine. I’m always having to worry that I’ll be forced to move since it’s not my house. I want a stable place for my kids.”
And a stable place is what she received thanks to the Habitat for Humanity Program. Karen works two jobs seven days a week to pay her bills. When she learned that her Habitat application had been accepted,
she was thrilled and relieved to finally own her own home. Ms. Williams has truly been blessed by this experience and is thankful to all of the volunteers who helped in achieving her goal.
Volunteering from OLOM:
Mary Kannenberg, Chair
Lunches were served and prepared by our dedicated Mercy parishioner, Mr. Paul Catalanatto.
Team members installed trim; cabinets; siding; and painted the interior of the home.
For more information, contact:
Ms. Mary Kannenberg