New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and oil industry technology supply company Schlumberger raised the walls on a new house for the partner family of Cathy Hankton.
Coming from a family of 18 children, Cathy had a large support structure when she had to evacuate the city for Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Katrina forced the family to face unprecedented tribulations, and the wallraising for a new Habitat home is the beginning of her road to happiness and normalcy.
The wall raising event was attended by NOAHH staff and volunteers and Schlumberger representatives. Though this is the first house the company has started in New Orleans, they have also worked with Habitat for Humanity International in India. About 30 Schlumberger employees were on site for the event and will continue to work for the next two weeks to see construction well underway.