Mr. Herbert Gettridge, 83, built his house on North Roman Street in the early 1950s. A plasterer by trade, Gettridge did most of the construction by himself, sometimes working until one or two in the morning for several years. He evacuated with his extended family to Baton Rouge prior Hurricane Katrina. Undaunted, he moved back into the house in March 2006, in spite of not having electricity or potable water. With the help of Common Ground and several faith based groups Gettridge has been able to restore much of the property to its pre-Katrina condition. He finally got power in January 2007, and is still working to make the house comfortable enough for his wife, who is confined to a wheelchair. She remains in Madison, Wisconsin.