Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Home Stretch lesson 11

This layout for lesson 11 was inspired by my trip to New Orleans in the fall of 2006, 15 months after hurricane Katrina devastated the city. The Junior League of New Orleans send out a call for help to their sister Leaguers to come to New Orleans for a rebuilding weekend. They expected about 50 maybe 100 replies since the attendees would be paying their own way. 1000 of their fellow Leaguers signed up! We came from England, Canada and all over the United States. Before we started our work weekend we were taken on a bus tour to see what had happen to the city and how little had been done at this time to rebuilt. It was truly a sorry site! The pictures we had seen on TV did not do justice to the full amount of the devastation.
The first workday day found me mixing and pouring cement in the Musicians Village with Habitat for Humanity. Musicians Village was being built to try and get the wonderful musicians of New Orleans to come back home. Day two was digging up and shifting bricks in the lower 9th Ward. Not a great job but one that needed to be done.
What a wonderful experience and sense of satisfaction it was to be able to help and know you are making a difference in someones life.


  1. Very complex well done.
    Please excuse my dumb question but what does the "tag" NOLA" mean when you were rebuilding new Orleans??


  2. For Heather: NOLA is a common acronym used for New Orleans Louisiana

  3. Oh Thanks for that.
    I can see it now

    Dumb Aussie!