Since Hurricane Katrina, Camp Restore/RAI Ministries has provided housing for more than 25,000 volunteers helping the area recover. Supporters of the faith-based program celebrated this milestone recently with a gathering of more than 125 volunteers from across the country who worked on projects in and around the greater New Orleans area. Afterward, there was a celebration at Camp Restore with a special performance by the Chalmette High School Band.
Since 2006, Camp Restore has supported the contribution of more than 1 million volunteer hours to the restoration of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Camp Restore/RAI Ministries can host nearly 300 volunteers at a time. It provides clean, comfortable and safe lodging, delicious meals, and space to gather and reflect. Volunteer groups range from high school, college and university students to church groups and inter-generational family groups of all ages, all of whom serve, on average, one week. RAI stands for Recovery Assistance Inc.