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Day 5: Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans

Chelsea Dimon

Chelsea Dimon

Jan. 12, 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.

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Day Five: Chelsea Dimon, softball

It is hard to believe that today marked our last day of rebuilding with the St. Bernard Project. This morning we arrived at the work sight bright and early, eager to attack our last day of work. Together, with the help of Tulane student-athletes and our supervisor Clare, we picked up right where we left off yesterday.

The morning mainly consisted of the group dry walling the unfinished rooms, as well as spot checking all the screws to make sure the rooms were ready for the next task of mudding. Around 10:30 a.m. we were in the middle of our projects when we had a surprise visit from Rosemary, the woman whose home we were working in. Being able to meet the woman whose home we were rebuilding this week was so special. Watching her face light up as she walked through her future home pushed us all to work harder to help get Rosemary's home one step closer to being complete. She is an incredible woman who truly deserves this home and we are privileged to have been a part of this experience.

After we finished working on Rosemary's home, we headed over to a welcome home party a few towns over for a couple named Donna and Larry. Along with over a hundred other volunteers from all around the country, we learned about the journey the two embarked on over the past seven years. One phrase Donna said that stuck with me was, "Delay is not denial. Keep praying." It was amazing to see how much spirit and faith a person could have after all that she had been through since Hurricane Katrina. After Donna and Larry cut the ribbon to their new home, they invited us all in and had a huge cake to help celebrate the moment.

This trip has been an experience that I am truly grateful to have been a part of. I have learned so much over this week and have become more grateful for the little things I have in my life. I hope that other groups learn about this great opportunity the St. Bernard Project offers and become more involved in the community of New Orleans. As the leaders of the project said throughout the week, the community is continuing to rebuild and there is always more to bae done to help get New Orleans back on its feet.

We will end our last night in town at a Hornets-Timberwolves NBA game and then spend a little time after the game exploring downtown New Orleans! An awesome way to finish the trip as we head back to Boston tomorrow.

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