Habitat in the Big Easy! Session 3
The Habitat New Orleans crew got off to a great start. The group was escorted to Newark by the legendary Bud Cox (Godfather of Adventure at Frost Valley). Where we met up with three of our fellow Habitat N.O.’s participants! They successfully boarded their plane and headed out.
The first day at the site the group met at Habitats Camp Hope located to the East of the city, in an area that was deeply affected by Hurricane Katrina three years ago. The group got to see first hand the devastation that still affects the local population. After meeting and greeting our site foreman the group waited out a small thunderstorm and headed out to the worksite. Which was located near by, the work we would be doing was painting! The home had just had the drywall put up and the trim installed so they were really starting from scratch. The two days were slow priming isn’t incredibly fun work and on the second day the group met the woman we were building this house for, her name was Mrs. Edna she inspired the group with her stories and words of encouragement and the work picked way up! On the third day the colored paint started to go up and things really picked up, with most of the color going up on the walls and spirits high they ended the day feeling they accomplished a great deed!
Jeff is a trim painting master, he also is great at putting up and taking off painters tape which believe it or not is a very difficult thing to do.
Hannah is the early bird she helps get people up in the morning
Sasha and Anne tend to be the comic relief slightly clumsy around trays of paint.
Evan & Dean are incredibly gifted singers (but not according to the rest of the crew)
Sam gets his work done and he’s a good motivator for the boys.
Lara is focused and hard working (Hint for the parents at home)
Laiya & Natalie are our closet painters! They are small enough to get inside and really do a great job with the tiny space.
Photos to come hopefully! ((Camera Issues!))
Assistant Adventure Director
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.
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