Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg founded the St. Bernard Project in March 2006 after volunteering in the St. Bernard Parish after Hurricane Katrina. The Project was founded in response to the many residents they met who were determined to move back home but lacked the financial resources to rebuild their homes. Since that time they have evolved into a thriving rebuilding organization that has helped over 120 families move back into their homes.
In addition, they started a partnership with the LSU Health Sciences Center, bringing several psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers to St. Bernard. These professionals offer free mental health care to the survivors rebuilding their homes and their lives in the devastated Parish.
On January 19, 2009, the St. Bernard Project officially opened the Community Wellness and Mental Health Center in the same center as the Rebuilding Program, to give residents the benefit of “a one-stop shopping model that will minimize the stigma that is often associated with accessing mental health services.”