The family of Lionel Thomas and Linda Lewis now has a home to call their own; a house dedication on Saturday, September 8th marked the start of their new life in a home in the Upper Ninth Ward. Mr. Thomas, who has worked in the social services field since 1984, is currently an employee of Volunteers for America. A life-long New Orleanian, he grew up on the West Bank and attended Southern University New Orleans from 1975-1980. He said that his favorite thing about the home was the opportunities that it provided for his children.
Bert Wilson of Barriere Construction Company, which sponsored the Thomas partner family house, was present to offer several gifts to celebrate the occasion: cleaning supplies, a Weed Whacker, a microwave oven, and most importantly, the key to the house.
Barriere Construction Company, L.L.C. has been located in New Orleans for 54 years, and provides asphalt and concrete paving services and manages highway and civil construction projects. After Bert Wilson’s daughter participated in building the affiliate’s ISAS house, the company decided to sponsor their first home with New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. Over fifty Barriere employees volunteered their time to the construction of the Thomas-Lewis home.