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Habitat for Humanity Trip - Monday, January 8
DAY ONE ON THE JOB
On our first day on the job site at Habitat for Humanity New Orleans was incredible. It was a beautiful clear day and we all got a lot done. We saw the 31 homes already built in Musicians’ Village and met the team leaders. They want to build 250 more homes this year so get ready and bring a group down yourself.
The UMD group split up onto several job sites. Some of us did landscaping, some built foundations for two new buildings, some shoveled sand, some painted, some roofed, some did exterior work. Some also went through punch lists to complete interior construction.
A number of people got to meet homeowners. We heard comments like, “When I saw the look of joy on the face of the homeowner, Michael Harris, I felt like Santa Claus” and “The two residents we met were very thankful and made the experience even better”
Lori Stroik got to meet two homeowners. “They were both very appreciative and interesting,” she said. “Ellen Smith, a singer, was excited to share her story and she invited us to see her perform tonight with Harry Connick, Jr and the Marsallis Brothers.” At our next posting we’ll try and have pictures of the performance. Note: They did perform but not until midnight and we had to be back at Camp Hope by then.
Here’s a few more comments about our first day:
Today, I learned that every little thing we do helps. I started
out... sorting through a truck full of tools, every nail and screw imaginable,
and the many odd and ends that help put a house together. It took
a while to organize everything and
Not only did I begin to work on a new house for a family, but I am helping to rebuild a whole community. Paul Williams
It was really cool to help landscape people's homes and to meet one of the owners. Courtney Wright
Our first day on site I landscaped for a few hours. The best part of it was meeting other college students and talking about our cultural differences. Leah Mirzamohammadi
I am relieved that we can have such an impact on the construction projects. Niki Granger
Today we built up blocks to hold up a house. We also put hurricane supports to help save the house in case another hurricane hits. Jessica Lewis
Some of our shy participants didn’t want us to use their names. Here are their comments:
We helped build houses which rebuilds lives.
We all worked hard and at the end of the day the results were easily seen. It's an amazing feeling of true accomplishment.
I started prepping for siding, then did a few random jobs, and then did a lot roofing. I wanted to keep going.
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