The weekend’s “Top Story” in the Hammond Daily Star is a great article about the beginning of Phase II construction… Read More
We continue our very active search for 80 acres for the permanent home of Methodist Children’s Home of Greater New Orleans. In the last month, we have ruled out 16 properties because of issues related to flooding, wetlands, location, and the surrounding environment.
I have been surprised at just how much water there is in south Louisiana! Flood zones and wetland issues have been a factor for nearly every piece of property.
We have met with St. Tammany Parish officials in the Development Office and have learned about the zoning process. We have visited with the Floodplain Administrator who is very helpful. We have met with the Tax Assessors Office and the Clerk of Court. Everyone we have visited with about our search has been exceptionally gracious and helpful.
Being from north Louisiana, I have identified a great opportunity for any author looking for a book idea: The Dummies Guide to Wet Lands. I would certainly buy it! Because, again, there’s a lot of water in south Louisiana!
South Louisiana is so beautiful. On several properties I have taken photos of the most exquisite flowers growing wild. The Live Oaks are gorgeous. I am struck by the beauty of God’s creation and I look forward to the day we will invite children to live in the new Home and allow them to experience the beauty of nature as they walk the property.
Continue praying for the Home! Pray we will have the requisite wisdom to choose a property which will be perfect for our next 100 years in the New Orleans District. Pray, too, God will prepare the hearts of those who will contribute to support construction.
Rick Wheat, President and Chief Executive Officer
Louisiana United Methodist Children and Family Services