2007 MFE Awards
Merit: Community Service

For the second time since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, Gables Residential visited the Big Easy for its 2007 National Gables Day. Each year, Gables associates are given one day off to participate in the company-wide community service initiative known as National Gables Day.

Even though Gables Residential doesn't own or manage any apartments in New Orleans, the city has been the location of several important company events and is a favorite city for many the company's employees.

This year, about 400 Gables associates volunteered to repair and renovate structures to help rebuild a part of the Freret Street neighborhood that was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The event took place in conjunction with the company's national meeting, which was held in New Orleans.

In partnership with Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans and the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Gables associates completed exterior repairs to the Robert Street Fire Station, interior and exterior renovations and landscaping for five area homes, and construction of office and dormitory space in the church's community center.

In addition to Gables Residential's participation, more than 50 of the company's vendors donated supplies, tools, and cash to the event.