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Devlin S-AFE Service Trip in New Orleans Comes To An End

Jan. 16, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, La. - January 14, 2011

Friday morning came early and was our last work day in New Orleans. Both groups split off to their respective houses in St. Bernard Parish, wrapping up a wonderful week of dry wall, mud, and teamwork.

Our group, now led by Jody, input the last of our house's dry wall, and were even able to move into the garage to continue construction. Our supervisor, Shawn made it clear that our team was the most productive he'd ever seen in his time with the project. Around noon, Jody treated us to a meal at our favorite local luncheonette, Tony's Restaurant. I went with the fried shrimp po boy, a staple of any Louisianan diet.

We returned to work for a few hours, pushing forward ahead of schedule as we sang Katie Perry's "Firework" and Rihanna's "What's My Name." Around 4pm, BC's class of 2010 graduate Lizzie stopped by to take a final survey of our experience at the St. Bernard Project. The general consensus seemed to be that this week was a special one that brought our group together.

After saying our goodbyes to supervisors and new friends we visited the other group's worksite. Their house was a bit bigger and further along in the construction process. From there we joined some 200 workers at a SBP Welcome Home party for Ms. Bertha, who referred us as her "angels" in a moving show of gratitude. It had been five years since she was able to move back into her home, and it was great for our team to see the future result of our work.

We came back to the Annunciation Mission to shower and change before heading to Tulane to share a delicious catered dinner with their SAAC team. Georgie and Brooke highlighted the evening with eloquent speeches thanking Tulane for their hospitality. The weather has gotten increasingly warmer throughout the week, and we're now in the airport waiting to connect in Philadelphia. We'll then be heading back to the Beantown snow.

It's been a great week! Thanks for following our trip.

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