Anderson Cooper says that if New Orleans stands a chance at rebuilding, the city will have the 1 million volunteers who have streamed into the city to thank. Two of these volunteers are former teacher Liz McCartney and lawyer Zack Rosenberg, who left their lives in Washington, D.C., to help Hurricane Katrina victims.
Liz and Zack created the St. Bernard Project to help rebuild houses in the St. Bernard Parish neighborhood of New Orleans. The pair has found a way to rebuild homes there for just $10,000 apiece—about $40,000 less than FEMA says it pays for a trailer.
Depending on the number of volunteers, Liz says they can finish a house in eight to 12 weeks. By August 2007, 69 families had already moved into new homes.
A single father with disabilities named Joe and his two children are slated to receive one of the houses. "Zack and Liz, they're like angels or something," he says.