Ramping Up Relief

SBP used Toyota Production System principles to speed up the rebuilding process in post-Katrina New Orleans. Now, it’s helping Houston’s nonprofits follow suit one year after Harvey.

Since SBP (formerly known as the St. Bernard Project) joined forces with Toyota in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans in 2005, the nonprofit organization has learned how to rebuild homes in less time and at lower cost.
Now, SBP is sharing its knowledge — in particular how it applies the principles of the Toyota Production System (TPS) — with more than 20 groups working to do the same in Houston one year after Hurricane Harvey.

Toyota SBP Hurricane Harvey Recovery from Toyota Motor North America on Vimeo.

In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, TMNA, Toyota Financial Services, The Friedkin Group, Gulf States Toyota and Toyota and Lexus dealers collectively donated more than $3 million to provide immediate relief and help jump start the recovery. But, when it’s all said and done, broadening the reach of TPS will likely go even further toward restoring these communities to some sense of normalcy.
To better grasp the impact, look above to check out this new video. It captures the current reality in Houston, in the words and emotions of those who continue to fight the good fight there.

And for more info on Harvey’s effects, see the infographic below. 

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