New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity’s Homes-in-a-Box Program Benefits Partner Families Displaced by Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
(Louisville, KY. – Jan. 23, 2007) – The first Texas Roadhouse Homes-in-a-Box goes up Tuesday, January 23 – after being framed Monday on the home site. The first home, built by restaurant associates in Wilmington, N.C., is the first of three completed homes to be built this week for New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity’s “Musician’s Village” in the city’s Upper Ninth Ward. Next, the walls will “go up” on the Homes in a Box built in Tulsa, OK., and Indianapolis, IN.
The Musicians’ Village , conceived by Branford Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. will consist of homes constructed by Habitat in partnership with displaced New Orleans musicians and other qualifying homeowner families. Currently, the 8.1 acre village has 34 homes complete or near completion.
The Homes-in-Box program, an initiative between Texas Roadhouse and the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity , unites Texas Roadhouse employees with community volunteers to fund, frame, outfit and ship 1,300-square-foot homes to the Gulf Coast.
“Texas Roadhouse is committed to helping rebuild New Orleans,” says G.J. Hart, President and CEO. “Part of our mission is to help communities in times of need so this partnership is a natural fit. Our goal is to build at least fund and raise goods for 100 homes in our restaurant communities around the country and ship them to the Musician’s Village.”
To build a home, restaurants are required to raise at least $25,000 then solicit supply donations from area businesses. Roadhouse teams from about twelve other states are currently working to complete their home-in-a-box for the Musician’s Village.
Based in Louisville, Ky., Texas Roadhouse opened its doors in 1993. In just 13 years, the company has grown to more than 250 locations in 43 states. In 2006, readers of Consumer Reports magazine voted Texas Roadhouse as the top concept in the Pub/Grill category, and Forbes magazine ranked the company as one of the 200 Best Small Companies. For more information, visit Texas Roadhouse website