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New Orleans Service Trip 2010 A


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  • 1. Service Trip to New Orleans February 27 –March 6, 2010
    I have an idea
    1. Get a team together
    2. Go to New Orleans
    3. Help rebuild homes
    Rev Kate Lore
  • 2. Our team Leaders: Kate Lore and Gary Obermeyer
  • 3. Introducing the Team:
    Len Laviolette
    Jack Kavanaugh
  • 4. Helena Hessle
    Bryan Olson
    Debra Mikkelsen
  • 5. Tom Lackaff
    Ann Zawaski
    Elisa Morales
  • 6. Joel Finkelstein
    Priscilla Burns
    Stephen Pearce
  • 7. These wonderful people joind our team
    Mother and son,
    Linda Devine
    and Zach Janda,
    Wenatchee, WA
    Pete and Kathy Wyckoff,
    Canton, NY
    Rev Frances Deverell with partner Ron Wilson
    Ottawa, Canada
  • 8. The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR) exists to contribute to the holistic rebirth of Greater New Orleans and the Gulf Coast Region through programs and services that promote social, racial and economic justice. The Center strives to empower, inform and help build a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive community.
    NENA utilizes an innovative resident-based approach to the
    comprehensive rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward,
    providing services and implementing sustainable programs
    in community outreach, case management, design and
    construction administration, home and school rebuilding,
    and economic development.
    NENA’s partners include
    The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee
    The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a
    nonsectarian organization that promotes human rights
    and social justice worldwide.
  • 9. Aboriginal Activists Group, 1970's Queensland
  • 10. Quo Vadis Breaux, Executive Director for
    The Center for Ethical Living and
    Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR)
    Diva Chef JyaphiaCristos-Rodgers
  • 11. Elisa Morales on kitchen duty
  • 12. Work day 1 started at NENA
    Cliff Washington - Case Manager /
    Project Manager -NENA
    (CELSJR) Volunteer Coordinators
    Maggie Matlak and Dakota Moe
  • 13. Work day 1 cont.
    Met with Miss Sheila, at who’s
    house we worked
  • 14. Jack
  • 15. Steve
    Gary, Priscilla and Kathy scrubbing
  • 16. Painting – some managed to
    get a little face paint
  • 17. Cleaning and
    painting doors,
    installing kitchen
    cabinets, and floor tiles
  • 18. Pete, Ann,
    and Debra
    Pete and Cliff
  • 19. Katrina – a reminder
  • 20. The Ninth Ward or 9th Ward is a distinctive region of New Orleans, that is located in
    the easternmost downriver portion of the city. It is geographically the largest of
    the 17 wards of New Orleans.
    The Lower Ninth Ward flooded most catastrophically, with storm surge coming through
    two large breaches in the Industrial Canal flood protection system, creating violent currents
    that not only flooded buildings, but smashed them and displaced them from their foundations.
  • 21. 4.5 years after Katrina,
    houses have still not been rebuilt!
  • 22.
  • 23. Often we saw houses side by side, where on had been rebuilt
    and the other still need of rebuilding
  • 24. Brad Pitt's vision for a green rebuild of the Lower
    Ninth Ward is being realized by Make It Right,
    an innovative organization using cutting-edge
  • 25. Shamiya and her friend selling home made pralines
  • 26.
  • 27. Building a wheelchair ramp, designed by Bryan Olson
  • 28. Debra was the team leader
    for the grouters.
  • 29. Parts of the pews that were damaged during
    Katrina were being prepared to become
    sanctuary baseboards.
  • 30. Steve and Tom building a closet…
    …with a helping
    hand from Ann
    Marcie Brennan –was given 20 crates
    of tiles, and made the new floor,
    including a labyrinth, in the church
  • 32. Debriefing session
  • 33. Jyaphia cooked wonderful Cajun
    dinners for us, and made
    sandwiches for our lunches…
    …and a special punch for
    Celebration night
  • 34. Thursday Night’s entertainment Eric Paul, our Diva chef Jyaphia’s husband
    Quo Vadis Breaux and husband Raymond
  • 35. Do you know what it means to miss
    New Orleans?
    We do, and we all want to go back.
  • 36. Thank you, Kate Lore, and so many of our First Church friends/congregants,
    who made this service trip an unforgettable experience for those of us who were privileged to help rebuild
    New Orleans.