December 12, 2011
New Orleans 2011: Day 1...The Adventure Begins!
It's been a great start to this incredible trip! Everyone got in last night and explored the city a little. Then today half of the group worked with Hike for Katreena an organization dedicated to replanting the thousands of trees lost in the destruction of Hurricane Katrina. They set out across the city and planted more than 30 trees in residents' yards. Along the way they met some amazing people and heard their personal accounts of Katrina. The other half of the group worked with St. Paul's Homecoming Center a nonprofit that connects volunteers to rebuilding projects. They painted an entire house, putting the finishing touches on a project that has been almost 6 years in progress. After a long day of painting the house looked beautiful. Then we drove through the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, the region most destroyed by the floodwaters. It was eye-opening to see homes still boarded up throughout the partially rebuilt neighborhoods. After a short break, half of the group went for their shift serving dinner at a soup kitchen. Then we had a delicious dinner and decided to explore the nighttime in New Orleans.