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SBOA Raises Money for Katrina Survivors

During the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans last week, self storage owners, operators, developers, suppliers and other self storage industry members did more than just network and attend workshops. One group of attendees also busied themselves raising money for the St. Bernard Project to help with the ongoing needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The Storage Business Owners Alliance (SBOA), a coalition of self storage owners and operators that formed earlier this year, joined forces with Supply Source One to host a reception to benefit the St. Bernard Project, an organization of volunteers who are helping to rebuild New Orleans homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. SBOA’s CEO, Ian Burnstein, and the national account manager for Supply Source One, Rob Vodraska, each committed to donating four dollars to the St. Bernard Project for each person who attended the reception.

Although Hurricane Katrina hit the United States five years ago, many families are still recovering from the loss of their homes, possessions and/or livelihoods, and from the loss of family members who were killed during the storm or the flooding that followed.

The St. Bernard Project was founded in 2006 by Zack Rosenburg and Liz McCartney. It has three main programs. The Rebuilding Program rebuilds homes for senior citizens, the disabled, and families which children who cannot afford to finance their own rebuilding. The Center for Mental Health and Wellness offers mental health services to Katrina victims who have ongoing mental health problems stemming from the hurricane and its aftermath. The Good Work, Good Pay program hires members of the community (primarily veterans and underemployed or unemployed people) to work on rebuilding projects. The Good Work, Good Pay hirees work in tandem with the St. Bernard Project’s volunteer building force.