For several years, Ave Maria Council 15931 has participated in Helping Hand and Habitat for Humanity projects in many of the most economically depressed communities of Louisville, KY. They have remodeled homes, built handicap ramps, painted, and served as a demolition crew for Habitat for Humanity. One of the communities the council supports is the Portland area of Louisville. Portland is a mixed ethnic community where nearly half the population is without a high school degree. Almost 40% of the community makes wages of less than $15,000 a year.
The most recent project was to help a lady who opened a new diner at 34th and Mohamed Ali Boulevard. She was currently operating out of her home. The new location needed fixing up including a fence. Recognizing that the fence would be a boost to her business and benefit a community already considered a food desert, Ave Maria Council agreed to take a weekend a build the fence.
Submitted by: DD Joe Carter