Jim's Open Road
The Nature of the System (1:01)
Infectious Habititus (0:25)
A Beautiful Place (0:15)
A Decent Place To Live (0:33)
People Rebuilding (1:03)
San Jose Team
New Orleans, LA
Public Television: Season 4
Habitat For Humanity
building, differences, expectations, hope, justice, law, lifestyle, loss, New Orleans, parents, rebuilding, the system
- Calls New Orleans the most interesting city in America—no matter what your background is, everyone has a place in New Orleans.
- Growing up, he expected he’d go into a more “traditional” profession like his parents, have a nuclear family.
- Studied and practiced law—started to resent the “us vs. them” mentality; lawyers were pursuing money rather than justice.
- Says the greatest part about Habitat for Humanity is that there’s no one there who resents it; everyone there wants to be there.
- He left law, found Habitat through his church, where he’d been running a soup kitchen.
- Started as a “house leader” volunteer in 1984; says he caught “infectious Habit-itis.”
- Seeing the families they were impacting, the areas they were rebuilding had him hooked.
- Now he’s committed himself to rebuilding his favorite city, New Orleans; says little by little, the city is rising back up like a “phoenix out of the ashes.”