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.