The Healing Power of Home, a volunteer initiative, represents one of the most powerful lessons learned during the camp rehousing effort: Providing a home literally saves lives and improves health. Homeless people have a very high rate of mortality. Our volunteer initiative re-integrates people who have suffered homelessness back into the community, seeking to be true neighbors to the most vulnerable members of our community. Until all of us have a home, no one is truly home from this disaster.

Make a Difference, Save a Homeless Person’s Life by Volunteering:

At our warehouse:

  • Sort donated household goods
  • Inventory donated household goods
  • Make bedding kits and toiletry kits

At our office:

  • Research and data entry for our new Faith Community Initiative
  • Website design and graphic design
  • Public Policy work
  • Fundraising work

On call:

  • Help our moving team
  • Pick up donated household goods, toiletries, and cleaning supplies
  • Deliver furniture and household goods to clients
  • Truck schedule depends upon availability; 2-3 days notice is given
  • May involve heavy lifting; no driving necessary

Congregations and service groups are needed for housewarming projects. All volunteers will receive a brief orientation including an introduction to the homeless situation in New Orleans pre- and post-Katrina and the scope of UNITY of Greater New Orleans work.

For more information, contact UNITY Volunteer/Warehouse Coordinator, Joe Heeren-Mueller at (504) 483-9300 or jheeren-mueller@unitygno.org.