The Chapel House, located behind the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at 7215 Zimple Street, will become housing and sanctuary for volunteer groups still coming to New Orleans to rebuild homes, with a special focus made to support college student groups. Volunteer groups will volunteer through Episcopal Community Service’s Rebuild Program during the day, and the Chapel will be their home base.
A campus ministry intern will live in the Chapel House and work with the chaplain to provide hospitality, education about Hurricane Katrina and related social justice issues, and to spiritually support the visiting mission groups. We as a community plan to welcome these visiting groups into the life of our campus ministry community.
Background on the Chapel House
The Chapel House once played a vital role in the life of the Tulane and Loyola Campus Ministry Communities. Prior to Katrina, it housed peer ministers and provided common space for students behind the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. In recent years, however, it has fallen into disrepair.
The project is underway thanks to the generosity of the Diocese of Louisiana, and to our own efforts to rebuild our property. The Diocese recently gave $30k to address the major issues in the house (electrical, structural, etc). This has truly become a community project as we are hanging the drywall, mudding, and painting the house ourselves.
Additionally, we recently heard the good news that we were awarded a $1,000 Grant from Province IV College Chaplains of the Episcopal Church to fund our purchasing educational materials for future volunteer groups and for finishing touches to the house. This will be a great help to us in meeting our goal!
Upcoming Rebuild Dates: Saturday October 17, 24, and 31st from 8:15-3pm
- No experience rebuilding required
- To sign up for any of these days, email Giulianna at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon the Friday before-