Luckily for us, our second day was sunny and warm, a stark contrast to the windy and cold weather we’d previously experienced. We continued our work on the house either painting or preparing parts of the exterior of the house to be painted. A lot of us had the opportunity to talk to Warren Miggs, the warm and friendly owner of the house. This support and approval means a lot and we were cheered on throughout the day by the honks of passing cars.
After our day of work, we visited the Lower 9th Ward, and area devastated by Hurricane Katrina, to have our daily discussion about poverty, housing and the government’s role in alleviating poverty.
Later in the evening, Dan Shea came to speak to us, explaining in more detail the process of New Orleans’ flooding resources, and media coverage.
Our wonderful bus driver, Alvin, also known as “Chocolate Thunder” took good care of us, as always. In addition to telling us stories about New Orleans before and after the hurricane, he shared a hilarious story about his nephew, all in his distinctive New Orleans twang. It’s fund to share our trip with such a character!
Ali Fitch (UCLA Hillel)