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Day 1: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Junior Alex Trobbe

Junior Alex Trobbe

Jan. 8, 2013

Twenty two Boston College student-athletes traveled to New Orleans as part of the Devlin S-AFE Service Immersion Trip to rebuild homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Each day, a student-athlete will blog about the experience.

Day One: Alexandra Trobbe, volleyball

After a long day of traveling yesterday, we finally arrived in New Orleans! We received a warm welcome at the Annunciation Mission, a converted church for hosting volunteers, which we will be staying for the week.

Later in the evening we took a tour of the lower Ninth Ward. The Lower Ninth Ward, located next to the levees, was one of the most devastated areas after Hurricane Katrina. Most of the homes were destroyed or became uninhabitable.

The rest of the evening was filled with getting to know my fellow student-athletes through endless games of Bananagrams, cards and Apples to Apples.

At the break of dawn this morning, our group attended orientation for the St. Bernard Project. The St. Bernard Project is a non-profit organization that puts families back in their homes through volunteers like us. It was incredibly exciting to arrive at the house we will be working on. The homeowner, Rosemary, unfortunately has not been able to move into her own home since Hurricane Katrina, so it is very inspiring for us to see a woman who has preserved through so much. We are incredibly motivated to get Rosemary back into her home in the city she loves. We are the first volunteer group to work on the home so there is an incredible amount of work to do. The workload today involved insulating the entire house. It was an arduous job but very satisfying to see all of the progress made in just a few hours. Everyone worked really well together due to our great leaders. (Shout out to viper van driver Gregory "MJ" Sullivan!)

After dinner, we went to Rock n' Bowl down the street to watch the BCS National Championship game and showed off our bowling skills, of course. Luckily, karaoke was available to all bowlers. Our group chose "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen and gave a phenomenal performance.

After all of the installation of insulation, bowling, and singing, we are finally ready to get to bed and get back to work tomorrow.

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