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||Louie Saltzmann 1971
|Cabrini Church, 5500 Paris Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana
||We the people... Yes, the people of the City of New Orleans and the surrounding areas, have soundly voiced support for Holy Cross to replant their heritage in the soils bound by Paris Avenue.
The Holy Cross community voted and vowed to remain in New Orleans, as they have for over a century, to continue educating young men from all areas of greater New Orleans. Holy Cross' plan is simple and unselfish; dedication to their students, past and present, and the student's family.
In the wake of Katrina, Holy Cross' administration and faculty struggled to keep this family together. They communicated via the internet posting much needed news. They started classes with Cabrini High in Baton Rouge, LA. They somehow provided busing to Baton Rouge, even though their entire fleet of buses were destroyed. Once Cabrini High moved back to their campus in N.O., they graciously allowed Holy Cross students to attend class there in the evening.
Seven months after Katrina Holy Cross finally went home. Double-wide trailers, po-boys from Arabi for lunch, dressing for sports practice in cars, no gym, no cafeteria, no lockers, destruction all around. It didn't matter because Holy Cross was home! Everyone was just thrilled to be back on their campus in the 9th. ward.
This dedication is priceless. This dedication as well as loyality, courage, responsibilty, education, sound leadership, to name a few, is what Holy Cross brings to the community.
So what 's impending Holy Cross' future. A building that was a financial burden even before being ruined by Katrina. Whose future was decided by the storm, not by it's owners, much like so many properties both commercial and private, thoughout the region. Costs to repair and maintain far outweight the service this building could bring to a population who's current numbers possibly could not support and insure it's future existence. Sound business please.
We are talking about rebirth. This is what New Orleans is about as it is today. Holy Cross' presence would bring instant life into an area that is struggling to get off it's knees.
We the people of Louisiana, especially New Orleans, don't like asking for help when we can do it ourselves. We enjoy getting our hands dirty almost as much as eating. We don't like sitting and waiting unless it's dinner time.
Remove this obstacle called Cabrini Church. Time is critical. Progress overall has been made, but the recovery has been slow. Much slower and will take much longer than anyone envisioned. This is a one-time chance to turn property that is stagnant into something beautiful and beneficial that is so much more that just land, bricks and mortar.
Let us get to work!
You will then see why we live in a bowl on the Mighty Mississip, tolerate heat and mosquitos, but love every minute. This is our home... home to generations past and generations to come.