Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Day At The Homeless Mission

Yesterday some of us worked at the New Orleans Mission for Homeless. We made po'boy sandwiches for the guests for lunch (we would call them hoagies), served lunch, and sorted and stored an enormous delivery of baked goods from a grocery store. What we actually did wasn't the important thing, though. What was important were the stories we heard from the staff about how they had originally arrived at the Mission, down and out,and how their lives had been turned around. What was important were the thank yous the clients gave me when I handed them a cup of iced tea. What was important was the gentleness of the chef when he sat and talked with us after lunch. What was important was the sense that between these walls there was, at long last, some hope.
There are estimated to be 19,000 homeless people in New Orleans.


  1. Blessing and prayers to all of the 2012 St. Michael's NOLA Team! We are with you 100+% in our thoughts and prayers! You are doing wonderful work that will positively impact the lives of all you meet!

  2. Good luck. You're all in our prayers.

  3. Greetings from the North.Thanks so much for your beautiful description of a day at the homeless mission.Those of us who can not be with you are there in our thoughts and prayers. New Orleans and its people will always hold a special place in my heart.

  4. Someone should write up those stories told to you by the staff at the Mission! They will provide inspiration and hope to all.
    Vicky Monks

  5. Wishing you all the very best Mission Trip experience! You make us proud to be part of the St. Michael's family!