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Making This House a Home

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ALEXANDRIA, La. - Last year, the St. James Episcopal Church sold the Canterbury House, but after months of repairs and renovations the new owners are officially open for businesses. News Channel Five's Nolan Crane reports.

When Isaac's strong winds and heavy rains ripped through Laplace, James Johnson and his wife Lorene had to leave their three bedroom, two bathroom house and evacuate to the mega shelter in Alexandria.

"We did the best we could to gather up our stuff, the most essential things," says James Johnson.

While at the mega shelter, they learned their home was destroyed. James began looking for a new place he could call home.

"I was trying to take care of my wife and get her to a place where she had some care and fortunately I made contact with Canterbury House," says James Johnson.

The timing couldn't have been more perfect, to find a permanent place to stay because this week the owners of the Canterbury House opened their doors. James says the staff here is phenomenal which is making the Johnson's stay more enjoyable.

"This is the most caring group of people I have ever ran across," says James Johnson.

"Every resident gets interviewed as they move in. What do you like to do? So were going to try to cater our activities towards the desires of our residents," says Billy Allen.

The owners of the Canterbury House are glad that residents like the accommodations. The construction and remodeling just wrapped up, so it was perfect timing for residents like the Johnson's to make this house a home.

"The changes that we've made are dramatic, the people that were here before don't even recognize the facility, it really livened it up and brought it into modern area," says Nick Williams.

Although the Johnson's say it took devastation to get here, they feel blessed that this house was available when it was, so they could now call it home.

"I'd recommend it with any body that has somebody that they need to take care of, this is a very carrying group of people," says James Johnson.

The Canterbury House's owner tells us there are 60 units in the building, and some of those units are still available tonight.



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