Hi from the Big Easy! We’ve been here for two workdays and the students of Franklin & Marshall, University of Iowa, and University of Arizona Hillels are having a great time. Today, we finished painting awnings, started priming lattice, and have generally been working hard. In the past two days, we’ve painted the siding of the house, the doors, and foundations, and done other various tasks. Our fabulous site captain is named Josh and has been a great inspiration. He told us of the woman who will come back to her house when it is finished being repaired. Mrs. Jones is an elderly woman who was evacuated to an assisted living facility and shortly thereafter lost her husband and suffered two strokes. She is now wheelchair-bound and the renovations on the house will help accommodate these new needs. This heartbreaking story is truly inspiring to us all.
At night, we’ve been having some great speakers. Last night, we heard from a Hillel international representative and a reporter from the Times Picayune. They told us the story of the Hurricane from a new angle and explained the difficulties of taking care of a family and surviving in the aftermath.
We’ve also had some free time at night. Some of us have explored the French Quarter and city of New Orleans while others have taken some much-needed rest from a hard days work. Whatever we’ve chosen to do so far has been amazing and we look forward to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day tonight by watching the parade and having a group dinner.
Time to get back to work! Hope to hear from you soon!
-Franklin and Marshall, Iowa, and University of Arizona Hillels