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WWL’s Monica Pierre discusses various community projects and services that benefit the infrastructure of Greater New Orleans.

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Good Sunday makes you so much for joining us today I'm your host Monica pier. Coming out which housed Spanish open and we're realizing. Those people living on very little chance to obtain and maintain sobriety thing in him embracing each. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of brick house details about brick house and Greece house and the evolution of substance abuse treatment. Plus as long as will be historic neighborhood here and we need the war. Skills and. Details about how grueling is master craft guild isn't. It seemed that the next generation of master craftsmen and artisans. This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of brick house the joined by Kevin guard dare executive director of development but rich house grace house Kevin thanks to being with us. Thanks for having us on Monaco appreciated sixty years 1957. And who what was going on where the whole idea of starting bridge house came about. Well in 1957. On campaign Julia street. It was kind of known as Skid Row back there and bridge house founders opened their doors realizing that those people living on the street. Had little chance no chance actually to obtain and maintain sobriety if they didn't have their basic needs met. It was a four bad fog that facility started by a group of men. Who are recovering alcoholics and had been sober for a length of time and they wanted to reach out and help those individuals who in the most need. So again they recognize that support was key to sobriety and success. Yes you know it's basically 11. Person porn addict help and another. So sixty years later for a fast forward press what are some of the milestones some of the most as you know we were now treating. Well last year we we're treated over 800 individuals. And with a combination of joining wit and grace house and merger with them. After Katrina we really. Then start to separate. Amends facility and a women's facility great bridge house. Really has become the largest long term residential substance abuse facility. In our area grace house has seventy beds now and bridge house has 84. So with a 154. Licensed beds. We've treated over 800 people sheer and about 730. The year before that so thinking of those numbers if he just. Estimated that we treat 500 people each year. Since 1957. You're talking about 30000 people in our community that him and how has some of those whose lives have been saved and still sober. To this day so he could fill up the arena. You know and then if you think of the impact those 30000 people had on their family. Their spouse their kids their loved ones. You can fill up the superdome a few terms and these are people we are treating you know. Tiny percent from the greater New Orleans area and it's it's people in our community. That it come to a point when they know they need help. They walk into our doors hopeless helpless. And many wanting to die and you know we we see miracles happen and every day at protest grace us. But it's not an easy task to walk through our doors for the first time or for the six term. Today. There are a lot there's a lack caller on especially with the chrome to heroin epidemic say that heroin epidemic it's really. You know it's a lot more than heroin now you know we. There's a couple of synthetic drugs. That are being mixed with heroin and in overdose rate in this city is is overwhelming. Gary talked about the impact that the success has on the individual profoundly. And to fill the Reno but if you carry even farther it stabilizes. A town is stabilized that the community is save a lot to the city. When they are healthy and they're able to be successful. You very current kids in the domino effect when you get help and someone call when you're hurting someone. You know and in our case we've we've seen you know save and one life could positively impact. Many many people. Because people's individuals sometimes they're what's acceptable to accusing crime. Tim what's accessible to be an erratic in their work history so that impacts employment as well. Yet the average climbed in the books for Angeles has been arrested five times in a similar maturity and some of tomorrow you know could be close to vote a violent crime Rome. But we know that having our doors over an intriguing 154 people today than New Orleans is a safer place. We know that tomorrow we're rebuilding families decrease in homelessness. You know and which he touched on the decrease in crime. It is a major component I hope you know and then we also. Get a person back into workforce which kind of separates us. From all of the treatment facilities are vocational rehabilitation. Component as we know than individuals. It's easy for an alcoholic addict to get a job not necessarily to keep warm and that doesn't just change when a person stops drinking or using. They need to redevelop these healthy habits that they once had or. Maybe for the. We're talking about brick house grace house. We're joined by Kevin guard dare executive director of development. With rich house grace house this year 2017. To mark the sixtieth anniversary. Where near a bridge house came into existence even talking a little bit touching upon substance abuse. How has the evolution of substance abuse treatment changed since. Rich house opened its two or sixty years ago. Sixty yes so one of the big components for Ross has been. Has been a vocational rehabilitation component which truth I don't know pioneers and sometimes frowned upon because of a vocational rehabilitation program. I was that aren't selling the beginning or government funds they didn't want an individual working. To help generate revenue floor. That organization. When you know we knew. Our budget we got a 100% of our budget funded by the government and he said he could not have the vocational. Rehabilitation opponent we would turn it down because we know it's such huge you know it's easy to people who come to our doors have. Usually I've had other treatment episodes it's getting though. A little smaller and that we're becoming younger now especially with the heroin. Thing going on so substance abuse of which you've seen has gone from a disorder with a real stigma a lot of stigma. To something where people are talking about it an act I hear more empathy in people's discussion about who's who's out there. Who needs help how do you think this is who really has changed what we gonna see more from the future as actually. The attitudes toward people. Who have problems and who need treatment. Yeah so that it has become. A lot easier to talk about. People who are addicted and people who have. Benedictine and overcome now so that the nationwide and it has become where. We we have always known in the business of helping people that. Addiction is equal opportunity destroyer. It doesn't matter if you live in saint Charles avenue or if you live and you know under the overpass. It will and as an omelet you socioeconomic status. We've seen people from all walks of life and continued. Continue to do so. But I think you know especially in the last fifteen years. Pacific Robinson who have fifteen years so it's like Lisa congratulations. You want to celebrate that a greater say yeah yes it was an easy. And now you know put our own to see. People. You know at first they come in in the family's really don't want. Anyone know we respect that totally with and they realize. This person who they now had an issue and that person that you know. And an issue. It has become a little bit more accepted it's sort Michigan treated as a disease where before it wasn't. You know bomb that was just like. Pick the bootstraps up. It's all about itself oil. You know you destroy your life you destroyed everybody else does get it together if we take that attitude towards an alcoholic and we think there's general. As we've seen and so many times. As far as that that's another thing where treatment has really evolved over the years he used to be. This old school way of confrontation. And we're more about the spiritual development of an individual on an individual learning. From. Another individual who might of been sober. Third gays more than they have war in some cases you know 2.5 thirty years more than they have. Very interesting so when you look at a used to read and stories all the time about celebrities for example celebrities though this is the third time they've been in rehab so have we come to the point where we realize that certain types of rehab. Really does that the war or have that long term impact because of the way the program is designed. They have some studies out there you know him we tried to use best practices. So what we aren't so separating the men and women as is. It definitely one of the better practices that we have been using for quite some time you know we have one point Wii and women coming in. Two. The women in treatment that bridge cousin and that was in back in 2000 what was the last tournament. And we realize who create and some prominent men will be grouped together it's can we say look and the love and all in all the wrong places. You know now have in the men and women separated. And am living in different place different our residential locations that we have. You know we really feel like. We are meeting this specific needs. Of women and elf man. There's an event coming up we're talking about brick house grace house sixty years for Brett actually the bridge house than in 1985 that's when. It was joined together so they became brick house Gray's house you also have an event coming up in February next month February 12 tell us about the other faction chipped. Yes we are recycled fashion show at C a 21. That we're holding and it. Allows designers in our area and some of these people are professional design of some of them volunteers. They go into a thrift stores and purchase items would give him a semi file by which they then take those items from this. The thrift stores and make him into runway fashion. And this year we have a little bit over forty designers witches is pretty exciting considering. Where we started from. It's going to be Sunday February 12 the rock and bowl. We'll probably have close to thirty restaurants there the show itself. Is it's amazing to see what some of these individuals come up went. With most of the items come in from monsters stores is truly a media event and also kind of ties and you know we were taken people. That have. Been damaged some sort and then bringing them back in two to show the rest of the world this is what this person can do. You know amazing that is absolutely amazing and what other ways can people help. And donate to brick house Greece house short so Pete you know off funding stream is really unique. We have. We have three will withdraw internal. Fundraising department. Put so this is besides the government support we get which is about 30% of our budget. So the events the mail outs grant writing and direct pass. Makes up about 25%. Of our operating budget 30% usually comes from a thrift stores so you could donate. Clothing appliances. For archer. Household items. All of that has been brought to our well as woods and put in two Warner right to thrift stores. Helps generate a significant amount of money force the other way is to donate your vehicle so. Are used car lot is is all donated vehicles and that actually started in the early nineties and that brings in about 20%. Of our revenue and it each of these those three internal fundraising initiatives. There are actually residents work in four. For the department heads and those three there's residents helping fix that vehicle there's residents deep tail and it in his residence selling it. With some staff supervision so it really that that component really makes the people were treating feel as though there are part of the solution and from many. You know which like myself was a part of the solution that I had not been. A part of something positive and a long time. Is there like a light bulb moment for people hopping you go from where you lost solo. And then slowly coming out of it and then to the point where you can turn and your life. Changes. For the better and though it's everybody's situation is different but in general what is that life. So it is everybody's is different there are people who have had. That light bulb moment where suddenly quickly what are mine duel thread but the majority of the people that we see in and people I know a long term. It takes a lot of work you know as if it's not. Just OK I stopped drinking in use and on Tuesday and next Wednesday I'll be fine you know I needed to. Developed healthy habits that wants. I need to lean on people who had been there before me. Who showed me that way when this a cars this is what I did it never really telling you need to do XY NC but. Those individuals groups who said. You know when I was in that situation is target handled it in his house made amends to people and so forth but it. Does the lead the last thing you want to sit people to keep telling you what to do. You know what you say Neil snap out of it don't go here don't go there don't do this. Right and we really tell you what to do you know this is what you should do if you if you put in the situation where an old friend walks up to you and says there at this on the wanna go. You know how you gonna handle it today and how was the best way to handle it and how would you have handled that in a five months ago it's gonna look at all three of those. Different scenarios and and try to figure out what is the best possible way and then bounce off a counselor. Or you work site supervisor or other men and women in that in the house. Do you ever transition. Away from it completely. Woodbridge house and grace house are you always Pardo. The community of whether it's thirty days or thirty years after. I think you're always been part of it you know. I don't we there're there're people who maintain a certain level that they do not go to light posts that means any anymore but. The majority of people that are successful kind of this is saying you know I keep from a Mac in order to keep that you have to give it away so those individuals who still come around. That have finished our program and still come around to help the men and women that are currently in there. And in my eyes and in our staff size is she and sixteen seem to stay sober. A little bit longer than about. That's amazing just amazing found finally in the web site or information people need contact you. Sure at our web sites www. Bridge house dot org for its house or. Minor McLaren is 5048217133. 048217133. And we need the community's support us and make a closed so Memphis 70% of our budget. Now we know we're providing a vital service without their help we couldn't be nearly as create. And and more importantly if you have someone you know someone that's going through it a family member or friend yourself. Don't hesitate to caller she might not be. You know. You might just need some advice of wearing an intensive outpatient program more it doesn't have to necessarily be a person who's calming suit. To average house race whether just someone who. Who could use some advice. Will hearing your voice only here this morning. Is this the living testament to there is hope there's a different change if you're willing to to reach out and deep pockets and Kevin thank you for being with us. You progress. Through early appreciate. As you look about the city of New Orleans in particular that from may seventh what areas you will see second to none expertise in beauty. Of the legendary craftsmen and artisans of that area now there's a full out effort to develop and train the next generation of master craftsman. Joining me now is John hankins president of annually as master craftsman deal John thank you for being with us. Well thank you so much for inviting me and allowing us to. Not tell people about the exciting new program that we do with the new orleans' massive craft. And with that from may and the seventh ward when you talk about master craftsman. What are you talking about in particular. Well what we're talking about an hour program in particular. We're talking about the reservation. Building trades primarily their four groups that we are training apprentices and they are plastering. Specialty carpentry. Our work which includes now welding and blacksmith and and historic. Rick Moore says you go around from today. And the seven warn you have obvious signs of the handiwork of these master craftsman well when you go around command has shown towards UC neighborhoods that were comprised of the people who. Really built this city. And I tell you why those neighborhoods it's so important and it really goes back to. The end of the colonial period here in New Orleans. We did I used to as you know I used to work in the long and museum of art. And we did a major exhibition. And oral histories study of two people who built New Orleans. Now this is separate and apart from the people who own the buildings and is separate and apart from the people. Who were sluggish American citizen now architect bodily. Not diagnosis and the professional architect back there. But. Would tell you about the builders and the families of the people who actually constructed. This beautiful architectural. Masterpiece that we they're men. And so we did oral histories 55 families initially that dated back to 1794. And that's kind of quote crucial period because. Art historians and listen Ortiz note that this candidate in the that came. Right after the last big fire in the French Quarter so. Many of the structures so built after that 1794. Fire on the things that we see today. And that things that we see today were built in large part by. Three people. And enslaved Africans who were very skilled and a lot of the traditional building craft now. Bay who lived a lot of them lived right up to the twentieth century in them or French quarters. Down that area near esplanade avenue. And and and so forth. As where they use of them ahead of blacksmith shops and things like that there. And then of course they moved into. That so many and early nineteenth century and then the twentieth century. The third and fourth generations moved into the seventh ward as a matter of fact they built this toward. Do it using a very unique you know it's kind of like barn raising. Community. How is building every weekend. Used to be said. Four right up until about in 1970 people would say well. Yet or five days to pay and in Newark has had a weekend reprieve because on the crest and build their own houses so. That's how the Tomei and has some of war became synonymous with. Master craftsmen and and it's so important Coke real master craftsman because. That's where a lot of classrooms and carpenters and blackness. We're getting a very fascinating. Foundation of the master craftsmen here in our city and artisans were joined by John hankins. President of New Orleans master Kraft deal so fast forward 21 century. Is there's still a need our there's there's still a desire for some of these. Expert people to do this kinda were let in more modernize and technology is replaced a lot of well. On the answer is yes and yes I'm Daryn. Tremendously and we always say that entrees are recession proof because. As long as there will be historic neighborhoods. There's going to be a need for a skilled master craftsman now what we're talking about as you where Monica. We're not talking about your average run of the mill guy with a lateral and pick up to apple but we're talking about. A people who have learned the century old traditions. That are necessary to maintain. The architectural integrity new loans now. They're always in demand in the area of public build name. You know Dahlia Paul historic buildings at historic homes. Garden District in saint Charles avenue. Structures that urges masterpieces. So. They'll always be demand for our. Master craftsmen and those areas but new audience is unique and that we have. Twiggy historic district which means that. Autos houses that we were talking about being built in the nineteenth century you know after 79 point our houses that. Half two at least the exterior view parts of them half to maintain there historical integrity. And as people in New Orleans no. Not everybody can work cause and your average shotgun house here so those are kind of unique structures that require a lot of skills that. You know our guys that pales all have kind of little secret trade and they're really really close to know how to do it. And so. I can take you to a site and we can spread out called the material. That you known as needed to. Make a repair something. But only those. You know second third fourth fifth generation New Orleans people that actually repair that and walk away and you will not be able to tell. Which part of it is 200 years though and we thought of as a brand new. And that's where the fuel comes in you know willow walked by. On offense and a half of it is a 150 years though. And then the next thing you know you see something that looks like he came from our hardware store and have to. That's that that that's the difference that we're talking about noses skills that. Really have passed on from generation to generation. Each manly almost passed something that they do better or different. And everybody else and believe me. It requires quite a bit to get the confidence of those people to be willing to passing on to. The next generation. Talk about the program when the what areas are you training at this point we're training and two main areas. The trial trade which are. Plastering and mortar part where the Winger and a pop out and I'll main trainer there is Jeff Cory who is legendary in Stanley's legendary. That is the plastering is really very very beautiful work those of the big molding to see in the columns to see. On. Houses but also. Do a lot of things contemporary things will. Pools. Outdoor. You know kitchens and things like that right now and some. You know Barry. Prominent neighborhoods. And also we do our work down our work cut historic war it is and with plot will blacksmith. We are working with may minter is now Reeves who is. Kind of the historic black man for record in the gulf south and so he repairs. And reconstruct. On the historic sentences about the rails and does all types of things that require iron short now that. Is that historical part is the thing that makes our program we need but we should do contemporary work and management thing. Making furniture and sculptors and we work on many public projects around. More practical part the iron work apprenticeship program also is welding. Component and everybody who is an area I'm work component. Learns welding. And then. People who have an aptitude for medal you really have to vehemently anti abuse neglect all of the various programs whether it's the F five plastering him masonry art the a welding and Blackmon. Well I program. Now that is something that has evolved in the 20% we now we've become arrests. The apprenticeship programs and to. It's actually one year. Until we get now program. A year and for two. Tennessee each month flights may evaluation. And treatment at six months there's a real major cut and that's what kind of separates people who. We can train to be great tournament. From the people who Ridley and truly have the buyer. To make career and that's. Those are the people that relief side. So what's the career path for someone who may go to the program they have the real fire in the belly for that they make the cut after six months and focus. What do they'd go on to do. Well we if you make the cut up to six months then you stayed on for advancing on notice it much. I finally all of this training is paid their paid. Living wayside and and and so after. You make the six month cut and you go on and you. Input and answering after that. We. Have been so happy to BA with a place. Literally everybody who is gone through. We will come very very high profile projects and everything has to be perfect so what's the contact information on the web site for anyone interested in than going to be the best of the best. Well you know ala people used to say well if you. One again if you wanna find a great master craftsman use that goes seven for. And that's what we are right now offices located at corpus Chris the community resource and that's the where the old Corpus Christi school is. Behind coped with the truth that now on 20/20. Two Saint Bernard avenue. You can find this on line. And Webb story in New Orleans brass and dot com leading to Google's New Orleans and depressed you don't use a web site and we also face long. Think that being repaired and opened. And that is our show for today thank you so much for joining us I've been your host Monica.