Well, today was our first day of work. Early this morning we started to spread out across the city to a range of work sites. First to depart were the crew working on a house reconstruction site - John, Johanna and Lorraine worked all day with a Diocesan sponsored crew sanding and plastering a small house with no power (and therefore no lights) and no bathroom facilities to enable the owner and her extended family to return home as soon as possible. Sam, Debbie, Dianne, Heather, and Ranjit supported a Beacon of Hope project completing reconstruction on a house that will be used to shelter interns arriving in two weeks - alot of pressure to finish it quickly! Judy and Patty spent the day serving at the animal shelter, cleaning out cages, tending animals, and headed straight for the showers when they got home! Lana, Sandy, Cece, Sheila and Anne headed off to the Green Charter School to help them organize their new 3rd floor library, cataloguing books and organizing their shelves. At the moment the library is off limits to the school's K-8 students so that they can be surprised when it opens in two weeks. No pressure there either.
Tonight Heather organized a kitchen crew who whipped together four quiches from scratch in under 15 minutes so that we would be ready to meet with Pete Nunally, the Diocesan volunteer coordinator who has done so much to make this mission possible. Pete spent several hours with us explaining what it's like to live with the aftermath of Katrina. He and our more energetic members are now out on the town which is why tonight's blog comes from us. When Ranjit returns he will add pictures.
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