Day two in New Orleans took us to Green Light where we spent most of the day visiting families and changing out lights for more energy efficient CFL’s All the families we visited were gracious, hospitable, and deeply appreciated our efforts. It was a long day starting at 9:00 a.m. and ending at 5:00 p.m. Afterwards we headed back to Duchesne House for a great and traditional red beans and rice dinner prepared by the sisters and local RSCJ Associates. Our first visit to the French Quarter followed dinner and we experience an exclusive tour of St. Louis Cathedral where we walked up into the bell tower. A first for all of us!
We finished the day at Cafe du Monde with their famous beignets. After a brief reflection and sharing, it was off to bed. We work on homes tomorrow. Rise and shine at 5:30 a.m.!
Max’s Reflection: As one of the Sacred Heart Goals states my social awareness about the struggles of the inhabitants of New Orleans to rebuild after the devastation following Katrina compelled me to go to there to help those where are still in need. In all honesty I had not real idea how destroyed major parts of the city still are. It is appalling how little help people are getting outside of charity organizations. I think we did good work but it will take a lot more to return NOLA to its former glory.
Benzi’s Reflection: What struck me the most about this trip was the level of appreciation the locals showed us for doing community service. It really made me realize why I came on this trip and proved that if something happened to us in San Francisco, they would be there to support us as well. I was also very impressed with the amount of volunteers I saw who devoted large portions of their lives to help this in red with no service required. It’s relieving to see how so many people are willing to help others with no personal benefits and how this help is so well received.