November 28th, 2015

Leaving New Orleans – The Last Day and A Final Reflection

Just Because We’re Leaving Doesn’t Mean We’ll Forget This week was an incredible week. Not only was it filled with introductions to the people and culture of New Orleans, but it was also filled with introductions to different issues and ideas that many of us hadn’t experienced prior to this trip. We were blessed by our incredibly loving and generous hosts at Camp Hope, Walt, Malou, and Carl. We were fiercely led by our wonderfully patient and enthusiastic site leaders, Ashlyn, Tann, and Tonya. We were moved by beautifully shared stories from Dr. Lopez and Miss Pamela. And finally, we […]

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November 28th, 2015

Wrapping Up With SBP – Days 5, 6, & 7

Halfway Points and Approaching the End Day 5 marked the halfway point for us on this trip. I’m not sure how many of us were actually aware of that fact, but it’s interesting to reflect upon. Time has been such a weird concept as we have been constantly busy doing different things with our time here. What was really unique about Day 5, though, was that we got to experience a different work site and service provided by SBP. And although tiring, we experienced an incredibly satisfying day of completely transforming (but actually destroying) a house. Days 6 and 7 […]

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November 27th, 2015

Getting to Work – Days 3 & 4

We’re Here! Two Prime Days While we had a fantastic weekend, full of experiencing the New Orleans culture, Monday allowed us to get to work with the St. Bernard Project. Prior to starting the work day on Monday, we had a group check-in to see where everyone was at. Most of us were excited to start work, but some were nervous because it would be their first time doing this type of work. The nerves were not a hindrance though, as we got off to a very strong start Monday and carried that momentum into Tuesday. We were exhausted, but […]

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November 23rd, 2015

KRT Thanksgiving Break 2015 – Days 1 & 2

Getting There – A Prologue of Sorts Prior to embarking on our journey to New Orleans, we participated in three mini-curriculum sessions, organized by Janice, Kyle, Lynn, and Cheyenne, our trip leaders. These sessions were designed to help acquaint us with the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and how it has been handled since it occurred ten years ago. The first session focused on the storm and St. Bernard’s Project, the organization we will be working with, while the second session focused on the aftermath of the storm and different issues that arose because of how it was handled. The third […]

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