This Semester has been a good one. We built 8 ramps with the help of some local volunteers and University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps members. The semester also brought along the end of Brooks Carroll’s term of service with Rebuilding Together Acadiana. We will miss everyone¬†that we’ve had to say goodbye to, but are very thankful for the time we’ve shared with them!!!


Our CapacityCorps members are required to develop a service project during their year with us.  This past Saturday our members worked with a Ranger at Chicot State Park to build a new trail bridge and perform maintenance on others.  Check them out!

This past Saturday was National Make A Difference Day, and this awesome crew sure did make a difference for a homeowner this weekend.

Thanks to Ron, Julie, Jeff and Wendy for spending their Saturday with us!  Here they are in action:

A throwback to the last time Rebuilding Together Acadiana hosted the annual Martin Luther King, Jr event to celebrate the news that we will be hosting again this coming January! ¬†This is just one of the homes that AmeriCorps members worked on during the week long event in 2010. ¬†We’re very excited to have them back!


As I suspect most of y’all know, our Ramps and Rails program is a hallmark of Rebuilding Together Acadiana. ¬†Through a partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette’s AmeriCorps program, we are able to build a ramp a week during the fall and spring semesters.

Our crew members this semester have already proven themselves incredibly dedicated and awesome people!  They have already finished two ramps and will be doing another this week.

Thanks for all your hard work guys, looking forward to the rest of the semester!


Weds Crew

Eric, Brittany and Christina bright eyed and ready to work.


Aimee, Arnelle, and Nia (and the ladies of RTA) with their first completed ramp!

Welcome our newest members!


Karleigh, Caroline, and Brooks with the first ramp of the semester!

Karleigh Presutti hails from New York. She has some experience in Interior Design and an Associates degree in Individual Studies from Alfred State. She is very excited about starting her new adventure on the Rebuilding Together Team and gaining some construction knowledge. She loves meeting new people making a difference in her community. She is always willing to help so feel free to ask her anything!!

Caroline Beachy! is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration. Caroline has always had a strong interest in working with non-profits and is looking forward to this opportunity to stand behind a service she feels strongly about through building relationships within the community and helping families in need. Caroline enjoys the simple things in life and spending time with the ones she loves.

These ladies have already rocked out two ramps, and are fitting in quite well! We’re pretty excited¬†about the upcoming year!


So, as y’all probably know, our Ramps and Rails program is a big part of what we do here at Rebuilding Together Acadiana. ¬†Our partnership with the University of Louisiana Lafayette AmeriCorps program has enabled us to build an average of 7 wheelchair ramps for homeowners in Acadiana every semester.

But sometimes we get a crew willing to work during the summer gap. ¬†And sometimes, that crew is our amazing intern Adrianna, a visiting CapacityCorps member from Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh (hi, Alison!) and our own CapCorps alum, Erika. ¬†These gals came together to build a ramp for Ms. Brenda at the beginning of July (apparently, they aren’t scared of the heat!)

This particular ramp might have also been built on the last two days of CapacityCorps service of one Ms. Julia Judge, so it was extra special.

Hope y’all are having a great summer, we sure are!