Today was the 1st day of work. We arrived at Warren Meggs’ house on Bank Street. The project was to paint the exterior of the house. I was surprised how much we were able to get done so quickly. our supervisors from Rebuilding Together were Diana and Sandy, who gave us our tasks. The inside of the house was pretty bare and looked untouched for years. We also worked with students from the University of Rhode Island. Luckily, we got some sun later in the day, which was a relief compared to how cold yesterday was.
Some of us were lucky enough to talk to Warren, who is an elderly man resembling Morgan Freeman. He moved to New Orleans at age 10 and has lived here ever since. He is now 66. His daughter is in the navy and has a grandchild. He was retelling the story of when Katrina hit. He said he waited for help in the attic of his house for days until a boat came to rescue him. He was pretty shy but very willing to tell his story. He was very appreciative of us and took pictures of us working to document our service for him. We worked until 4pm and then took our bus back with Al. he showed us a shopping mall that was destroyed by the hurricane and a water line on a tall building that showed how high the water level was. This was one of the highlights so far since it helped me realize just how drastic and terrifying Katrina was. We had past a for dinner and now we have a speaker. Peace
Sara Zerehi (UCLA Hillel