Today, New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity and Texas Roadhouse helped the Taylor and Johnson families raise the walls on their new homes, provided via the partnership’s Homes-in-a-Box program.
The homeowners are both involved in New Orleans musical heritage. Charles Taylor is a member of the world renowned Mardi Gras Indians, for whom he also makes costumes. He and his new wife Joyce will be living next to Calvin Johnson, who plays tenor sax and studies music at the University of New Orleans. Johnson is also involved in the community as a teacher at the Jewish Day School in New Orleans.
The Louisville, KY, based restaurant chain has completed 4 homes-in-a-box so far and plans to bring over a dozen more. Each restaurant raises $25,000 per house they construct, then ships the homes down to New Orleans, where Texas Roadhouse employees and Habitat volunteers team up to complete the construction.
The company will be bringing 14 other 1,100 square foot homes from 12 other states in the near future.
“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 fund and build at least 100 homes in our restaurant communities around the country and ship them to New Orleans.