We know that it's just going to take time and a lot of hard work and commitment. But the people that are here now want to rebuild. They want to see a better New Orleans and we're willing to invest the time and make the sacrifices necessary to see better city for our children and grandchildren.

I've exhausted my savings. I'm living off of my insurance settlement check until I can get my business back open and get back up on my feet. I'm lucky that I didn't lose my home, though my business did get looted and burnt to the ground -- one of them -- and the other one lost one-third of its roof. It's five months into the rebuilding process now and I'm still waiting on my insurance checks.