History

The original staff of Northshore Disaster Recovery, Inc. in 2006

The original staff of Northshore Disaster Recovery, Inc. in 2006

Northshore Disaster Recovery, Inc. was founded in September of 2005 by local church and civic leaders as the primary long-term recovery organization for the Northshore Parishes in response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2006, NDRI expanded its operations to include all of the Greater New Orleans area.

In 2008, the Epworth Project was created as the ecumenical, faith-based volunteer-driven component of NDRI. With the addition of the Epworth Project, NDRI began addressing needs around the area not directly related to hurricane recovery. These needs include home repairs for the low-income and elderly, weatherization, handicap accessibility issues, emergency repairs, and assistance with routine home maintenance and upkeep issues for the elderly.

Since September of 2005, NDRI and the Epworth Project have hosted more than 63,000 volunteers from all 50 states and 43 countries around the world.  We have provided services to over 3,400 families, and logged nearly 2.7 million labor hours of community service.