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Rodney, a high school physical education teacher, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. "I lost my home. I lost my job. I lost my friends," he says. "It makes you feel really helpless."

After leaving New Orleans with no money and just the clothes on his back, Rodney moved to Houston, where his 5-year old daughter, Jade, was living with her mother.

Rodney was able to get a job as a high school health teacher, and his life is looking up, but he dreams of providing a good home for his daughter. For the past six months, Rodney has been living with his parents—when Jade visits, she sleeps on the couch or the floor. Rodney applied to receive a Habitat for Humanity® house in Houston so that Jade will finally have a room of her own.
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FROM: Oprah on Location: Operation Katrina Homes Move In Day Special!
Published on February 22, 2006

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