On Saturday, local Phi Beta Sigma brothers including members of the Graduate chapter, Theta Beta Sigma, undergraduate brothers from the collegiate universities, as well as young men of middle school to high school age that are active in Phi Beta Sigma’s youth development group, the Sigma Beta Club, built with NOAHH for the Jones Family, whose home they sponsored, in the Upper Ninth Ward. Many of the participants are natives of the Ninth Ward and were significantly affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“As a current resident of New Orleans and student at the LSU School of Medicine here in New Orleans, the prospect of sponsoring and supporting the recovery effort as a Fraternity further demonstrates the commitment we share for one of our most fundamental ideals, and is an opportunity I felt was paramount in uniting the local brothers towards a common goal we can all agree on,” stated Jason Ewing, Phi Beta Sigma member. “Further, the idea behind letting the city know we are participating in this project is to demonstrate to other organizations in the city that it is never too little or too late to contribute time and effort in servicing a community in such need. Whatever the success of this initial volunteer day may be, I am taking personal responsibility to ensure that our commitment to the rebuilding of our city remains at the forefront of our minds, and future workdays at this Sigma house, and others, will be looked into in the weeks and months to come.”