New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity will be dedicating three homes at the Musicians Village on June 1st 2006, the first of eighty homes to be built at the site. The event will be held from 3pm at the Musicians Village and will feature musical perfomances, barbeque served by Texas Roadhouse, and house blessings.
Here is a brief profile of the families that will receive the homes tommorrow:
Fredy Omar Quiroz, is originally from Honduras but a true New Orleanian. He grew up in Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital and attended the National School of Music of Tegucigalpa, graduating with a degree in Music Education. He taught for two years in Tegucigalpa, until an opportunity to go to a New Orleans music festival came his way. He came to New Orleans in 1992, fell in love with the city, it’s culture and people, and decided to stay.
Patricia Richard is a single Mom who works hard and raises three sons. Her eldest son is deceased. Two of her sons are both graduates from Fortier and very good at athletics. They both were King of Fortier. The youngest son is 12, and attends St. Louis Cathedral, he is in the 7th grade.
J. D Hill and Polly Noble
J.D. Hill was born in Lockport NY in 1955 into a musical family of eight children. His father played harmonica and taught all of the boys to play harmonica. The family attended church regularly where they all sang with the choir. As the kids grew up, they started forming their own bands. J.D. fronted his own rock and roll band while in high school and hasn’t stopped since. He joined the army after high school and was stationed near Austin where he started playing in local clubs. After finishing his military service, J.D. moved to New Orleans where he soon became a fixture in the local music scene with his band, J.D. and the Jammers.
Polly Noble was born and raised in rural Oklahoma in 1954. She began writing poetry almost immediately after learning to write her ABCs. She attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where she studied creative writing and politics. She wrote articles for Arkansas’ live music magazine, Nightflying. After a trip to Mardi Gras in 1982, she fell in love with New Orleans and the ever-present sounds of New Orleans music. She spent the next few years living back and forth from Fayetteville to New Orleans, eventually settling in the Marigny neighborhood and working for over twenty years as a waitress and bartended at Port of Call and Snug Harbor.
New Orleans Habitat for Humanitywishes to thank the Sponsors, and the volunteers who made the dream of owning a home a reality for the three families.