Monday, January 02, 2006

Our first day on the work site

I arrived yesterday with 9 other members of the group in muggy New Orleans, one member less than we had planned to leave with. Unfortunately, Erika has fallen ill and is unable to join us, but her presence has greatly been missed thus far. We spent our first day getting acclimated to the area, taking in sights and sounds and getting our first glimpses at the devastation that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had wreaked on this lively area. However, we have seen time and again throughout the city that the power and fury of the hurricanes are no match for the spirit of the people here.

This morning, we were able to work at our first work site, the home of Sisters Kathleen and Margaret, of the order of Saint Joseph. The sisters were able to evacuate two days before the storm hit. They were fortunate in that their losses were only material. We helped them to remove the debris from their homes which included large items like refrigerators, couches, and beds and the small memorable pieces that will be more sorely missed like books, videos and pictures.

Megan Halferty

3 Comments:

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Megan,
We are so proud of what you and all the students from SJU are doing. Keep safe and protected. We look forward to your next post.
Love
Mom and Dad

 
At 1:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear New Orleans Crew,

I am currently at work procrastinating so I opted to do the facebook/e-mail thing. Then I found this log... I've been thinking about all of you this week. Reading your experiences has been incredible. You can feel the passion that each of you hold so close to your heart with every single thing you do. Each of you are truly men and women for others and make our community so proud. Each of you are in all in my thoughts and prayers this week. Take care of eachother.

Love always,
Kathleen Gelch

ps- your all wonderful!

 
At 2:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi All,

Like Kathleen I am at work. I'm going through my emails and learned of your adventure through the Chronicle of Higher Education. I am blown away by your generosity and humanity in swapping beaches or snow for a city and its residents who have such desparate needs.

Your daily chronicles are fascinating and provide us who have not visited New Orleans with an unfiltered view of life at ground zero.

I greatly admire your selflessness and spirit. I thank you for your help.

Stay healthy and safe.

Deb Hamilton

 

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