It is difficult to believe it is already Wednesday on St. Michael’s trip to New Orleans but the day brought about an exciting change to what we had been doing for the first part of the week.
Group A, Ellena, Jim, and Richard, headed to St. Paul’s Homecoming Center to help work on a house with Joe. They came to the home of Stephen who was a waiter and a bartender before the hurricane struck. For the past eight years he has been caring for his mother while rebuilding her house. He has only recently begun work on his own home.
While there, Jim and Richard helped to install sheet rock in the ceiling of a room while Ellena worked throughout the home using joint compound. Stephen shared with the group that he was able to find some work associated with the upcoming Super Bowl in New Orleans and we certainly hope that will help him to get on his feet once again.
Meanwhile, Group B, Marilyn, Sandy, Judy, Lana, Alana, and Frank, headed to the New Orleans Mission. This is one of the few and largest homeless missions in the city which has the highest homeless population per capita of any other major city in the United States. Since Katrina, the homeless population has soared to nearly 17,000 people.
The Mission’s succinct yet powerful adage is listed below:
“To serve the least, the lost, and the last.”
The facility houses nearly 130 men and 20 women each day and turns away no one, regardless of what his or her situation might be. This may not be the easiest way to run a shelter, but there are few better mottos of Christian stewardship, mentorship, and outreach.
The group was assigned to sort through hundreds of clothing donations as well as some general cleaning around the massive facility. We also had the opportunity to experience one of the three daily services that occur at the Mission.
In consideration for those staying at the Mission, we limited our pictures but are able to share a few.
The full group is headed to St. Anna’s church this evening for a service and is looking forward to another exciting day tomorrow. Remember to share our posts with others and feel free to comment to send along your thoughts to the group.