For most Americans, Hurricane Katrina is a decade-old memory. However, over 20,000 families in New Orleans are still living with the effects of the storm today.
20,000 is the number of houses in New Orleans that still need repair before they are habitable, according to Dave Dickey, a volunteer for the United Saints Recovery Project. Dickey, originally from Maine, had planned on spending two weeks helping with recovery efforts. However, he ended up spending ten weeks there in what would become a life-changing experience.
Man Traveling in Tiny Home to Help Rebuild New Orleans
Images © Dave Dickey
For low-income families and the elderly, the efforts of volunteers like Dickey could mean finally regaining their homes. That is why Dickey, a 65-year-old retiree and former business owner, has dedicated his time to recruiting volunteers to go to New Orleans.
Dickey has an interesting recruitment method. He is traveling across the country armed with nothing but a truck and a tiny home he built himself, which he calls a “gypsy wagon.” During his travels, he encourages people to go to New Orleans to help with recovery efforts.
Images © Dave Dickey
Although Dickey admits that the wagon is an attention-getter and a conversation starter, it is also a place for him to live in as he makes his way to New Orleans. Dickey himself is on a pension and says he cannot afford to stay in hotels or motels while traveling.
He plans to finish his recruitment in New Orleans and stay there until he gets tired of the heat.
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