New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH) , along with North Merrick School Community, dedicated a new home to the Shavers family at 1725 Bartholomew Street in New Orleans’ Upper Ninth Ward.
North Merrick School Community raised over $40,000 through Concert for Care, an outdoor music festival started by 11-year-old Nicholas Abbene, a student at the school. Enlisting adults as well as his fellow students, he created the festival to support the Musicians’ Village in New Orleans after learning of the plight of many of the city’s musicians.
Partner family member Tiffany Shavers’ has seen through the dream of her husband, a local musician and father of two before he passed on. He was featured in documentaries on the affects of Hurricane Katrina and played with Hot 8 Brass Band. Shavers said she intended to continue his dream of owning his own home in a stable environment with her new Habitat home.
The Musicians’ Village is the brainchild of Harry Connick, Jr. and Branford Marsalis, who wanted to create a neighborhood that will support the culture and heritage of New Orleans’ music, past, present, and future.
It is the mission of the North Merrick School Community to develop individuals who respect themselves and others, are flexible, open-minded, self-motivated, and capable of relating to and communicating with others. These individuals should be able to function independently and cooperatively, be conversant with technology, have the ability to access, process, as well as analyze data, and be able to solve problems.